Sacred Heart’s Ellie Woodall returns to high school basketball

Ellie Woodall’s senior year of high school took a toll before it even started.

Last summer in a summer league basketball game, she suffered a right knee injury that caused her to miss her final season of volleyball and the first 14 games of basketball. Woodall got cleared to play on Feb. 3 and made her way back into the lineup against Victoria on Feb. 8.

“The best day of my life,” Woodall said on being able to get back to playing sports. “The nightmare was finally over. I loved that day.”

Woodall’s return has helped the Knights to three consecutive wins, including a 45-44 victory over St. John’s Beloit-Tipton on Monday at the Sacred Heart gym.

“I just kept telling myself that there’s an end goal like I want to play again,” Woodall said. “I just overcame it (by) surrounding myself with people that could help me. My physical therapist, Nate Lee, was just great. He was definitely one of the biggest parts to not only physically get me back, but also mentally and emotionally.

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