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Never Ending Battle

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Torn ligaments in an index finger would be enough to send some athletes out of the game and to the hospital. For Chartiers Valley High School basketball player Lexy Herron, such injuries are nothing.

The 17-year-old senior tore her right ACL her freshman year in January of 2008. After undergoing surgery the next month, she was not only back on the court by mid-September of her sophomore season, but leading her team in scoring.  

As a junior, Herron—leading the team in scoring once again—tore the ligaments in her right index finger off the bone in January, but didn’t let it stop her. She didn’t even have the ligament repaired. Instead she taped it up and stuck to the court.

For 10 days. That's when she tore her ACL, MCL and meniscus.

After another round of surgeries—one in February to repair all three tears and  another in April to remove scar tissue—Herron went in for yet another surgery in June for more scar tissue that resulted in a three-day stay in the hospital.  

Even after all those surgeries and 60-80 sessions of physical therapy this year alone, Herron has spent her entire senior season unable to straighten the knee.

No matter. She's still averaging almost 13 points a game.

“It's a small miracle that she's even able to play this year," Lexy’s father, Jim Herron, said.

Herron’s grit and persistence have been an inspiration to her teammates.  

“It's inspiring for our kids to watch a kid fight through that,” Chartiers Valley coach Spencer Stefko said. “I'm the one who has to sit her down. That's something that the kids all see everyday and respect that."

Herron’s stat sheet from her senior year alone reads like an honor role: A game with 21 points and seven 3-pointers. A game winning 30-footer at the buzzer. Several games of 19 points and five treys.  And, once again—of course—she leads the Colts in scoring.

With 719 points and 108 3-pointers in 68 career games (she missed just 35 games over her four injury-ridden years), Herron was named a Tribune Review Athlete of the Week in both 2010 and 2011, and named to the Pine Richland All Tournament Team.

“Basically, [it’s] remarkable she is even able to play, let alone do what she is doing right now,” Herron’s father said.

The Colts, along with their fearless leader, return to the playoffs once again this year.  In the last four seasons, the Colts have made two WPIAL semifinal appearances along with two PIAA tournament berths.  

The 40 wins the last two seasons—with the possibility of more on the way—already match the best stretch in Colts’ history.  

As for the left knee that Herron is unable to straighten? She will undergo yet another surgery once the season ends to remove the last of the scar tissue that will hopefully allow her full mobility once again.

Editor's Note: PSR has learned that Herron's streak of injuries continued into the WPIAL playoffs, as she tore a calf muscle in CV's overtime loss to Mt. Pleasant last month.

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