Many happy returns: Lindsey Peterson back in time for playoffs

Lindsey Peterson (24) of West Fork reaches for a rebound before it can go out of bounds during the first half of Tuesday's Class 2A Region 3 game against Denver. The Warhawks won 61-44. (Kristi Nixon photo)

SHEFFIELD – A few months ago when a terrible accident happened to West Fork senior Lindsey Peterson, no one thought the 5-foot-8 post player would return to the basketball court.

During the Tuesday, Feb. 18 Class 2A Region 3 playoff game against Denver, she was back in spades.

Before the game, Warhawk coach Rodney Huber said that he’d ease her into it, but she played several minutes and helped out in rebounding with five, scored four points while adding three steals and a pair of assists and blocked shots against a good Denver team as West Fork scored a 61-44 win over the Cyclones after receiving an opening-round bye.

“We just came into the game to kind of see how she looked and she looked like she was in really good shape and was a huge spark for the team,” Huber said. “She had quite a few steals and a couple of buckets and that is what we were looking for.

“Her intensity and quickness in the post position was a good deal for us.”

Almost two months ago to the date, Peterson fell from a bench in the Riceville locker room when she and teammates were posing for pictures prior to the game, hitting her face and forcing her to go to Mayo Clinic for surgery. At the time, Huber said she was done for the season.

More on this story will be found in the Feb. 27 issue of the Sheffield Press and Pioneer Enterprise.