BURBANK — Trailing wire to wire in Tuesday afternoon's Burroughs Summer League game was hardly the biggest loss of the week for the Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team.
The real gut punch came over the weekend when All-Pacific League forward Ella Stepanian suffered an injury that Falcons Coach Jason Perez said will not only cost her the summer but perhaps her junior high school season, as well.
"It's probable, I don't want to say definite yet, but ACL is what they think," said Perez, who said Stepanian suffered the injury on Saturday playing in an Ararat Homenetmen game. "She has a fractured elbow, but that will be fine. It's the knee that's the big deal. We're assuming we've lost her for the season."
With Stepanian, the team's leading scorer last season, watching from the bench with a bulky brace encasing her right leg from mid-thigh down, it was up to the rest of the emerging Falcons to fill the void against Canyon Country Canyon on Tuesday.