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Saratoga's Cairns on the mend, expected for playoff run

Saratoga's Cairns on the mend, expected for playoff run

Injured guard recovering from collarbone injury, may skip Colonie match-up Tuesday
Saratoga's Cairns on the mend, expected for playoff run
Saratoga Springs Dolly Cairns with the ball against Bethlehem’s Caroline Wise Jan. 3
Photographer: Erica Miller

Saratoga Springs girls' basketball senior guard Dolly Cairns is on the mend and is expected to be ready for the postseason, Blue Streaks coach Robin Chudy said.

Cairns suffered an injury to her upper collarbone during a collision with Shenendehowa senior Simone Walker in the closing seconds of the Blue Streaks' 57-54 road win last Tuesday as the two were going for a loose ball.

Cairns did not play in Saratoga's 64-37 home win against Troy Friday night.

"She's recovering. She's not 100%, so it was her call," Chudy said. "Nothing's broken, nothing damaged anything like that. It's all based on when she can rehab, get ready and be 100%."

Natasha Chudy and Lauren Patnode led the Blue Streaks with 18 points each, and Abby Ray had in 16 in the win without Cairns.

Cairns signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Rhode Island during the December signing period.

"She has a long, long, road ahead of her for her career, so what's most important is that she's healthy first," Chudy said. "We'll see about Colonie [Tuesday night], I'm not sure, but, hopefully, she'll be back for our sectional start."

Top-seeded Saratoga will host its first quarterfinal game later in the month. The Section II seeding meeting is this Wednesday.

"She took last night off, she's able to do some things," Chudy said. "It's just on her timeline. We don't want to push her. We're not asking her to. She's going to push herself probably the hardest. We'll just wait and see."

Reach Stan Hudy at [email protected] or @StanHudy on Twitter

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