Dani Peterson straps a giant bag of ice to her knee and tries to tell her coach it doesn't hurt.
The senior center is playing with a torn meniscus because, she says, she has goals for her final prep season.
"I didn't want to be out at the beginning of the season," she said after leading the Eagles to a 71-51 victory over Fremont with 23 points and 12 rebounds. "I'll have surgery after the season ... My goals are the same as my team's goals, and I want to help my team to the fullest."
Peterson started the second-ranked Eagles off by showing the third-ranked Silver Wolves that there isn't much the future BYU Cougar can't doshe drained a 3-pointer.
"She's just so versatile," said Skyline head coach Deb Bennett. "She's really confident this year, and she is going hard to the basket."
Peterson had some help from another future Cougar in point guard Jenteal Jackson, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists. But one of the most impressive aspects of the Eagles game was that other players, like forward Upuia Fui and Katie Walker also played well. Fui finished with nine points, while Walker added 10 points.
"I thought Fui made a huge difference tonight," said Bennett. "The younger kids really stepped up. They took the challenge that they were going to need to play some important roles this year."
Bennett said the team is trying to focus on improving where they can each game. "We want to keep getting better," she said.
It's going to be tough to improve on the game the Eagles are already putting on the floor. They had some issues in the fourth quarter, like missed freethrows and defensive lapses, but some of that could be due to the fact that the squad played in Box Elder last night.
"I think we were a little fatigued," Bennett said. "It was a lot closer game than the score indicated."
The Silver Wolves were playing without head coach Larry Hadley, who is recovering from back surgery and pneumonia. Normally stifling on defense and solid on the boards, the Silver Wolves struggled in nearly every aspect of the game Wednesday night.
"We just didn't come to play," said Fremont assistant Pam Molen. "I think the kids were a little star struck ... but we've been struggling with rebounding this year. We don't want to do the dirty work; we just want to get up and down the floor."Brittany Harms and Ashley Russell led Fremont's offense with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Forward Erica Nish added 11 points in the loss.
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