Brooks power forward Alex Norgaisse of Haverhill bumped into a defender when she went up for a layup during a basketball game with her club team spring of her freshman year.
“I fell down not so right and it (knee) just kind of came out from underneath me,” Norgaisse said.
The prognosis wasn’t good. She had torn her ACL.
But she finally is back on the court as a junior after having her ACL repaired in July 2011, a second surgery in September 2011 to repair a build up of scar tissue in her knee and a lengthy recovery.
“The year I didn’t play I kind of just gained perspective in different ways and became interested in music,” Norgaisse said. “I still have my love for basketball, and I’m still going to always love it. But it really made me see things differently — like my life isn’t just based around basketball. There are other things.”
Norgaisse’s passion for basketball though has helped her not only return to the court but also be productive this winter. She has gotten better as the season has progressed. She is averaging 7.2 points per game. Her best game thus far came Jan. 26 when she poured in 18 points vs. Cushing Academy. She netted 10 points against rival Phillips last Wednesday.
“My recovery has been hard,” she said. “I’ve been working hard. I’m still going through the process. I feel like I’ve been doing good so far. Each day, I get up and challenge myself and every day is a new challenge and I get better every day.”
Music certainly did become a hobby for Norgaisse while she was sidelined. She began music production over the computer.
“We do this thing called Winter Term in January (at Brooks),” she said. “They’ll offer different courses and for the whole month of January we’ll focus on that course. And mine happened to be music producing.”