But the shooting guard found a way to manage, knowing her senior season was just around the corner.
After missing the first five games as a result of the injury, it didn’t take long for Reeves to find her rhythm.
Last Tuesday against Pebblebrook, Reeves, who is averaging 13 points per game, broke Jarae Savage’s all-time scoring record of 1,214 points. She’s now at 1,244 points and counting after leading the Lady Warriors with 22 points in a 75-70 double overtime victory over Hillgrove on Friday.
That victory put Reeves and North Cobb (16-3, 9-1) atop the Region 4AAAAAA standings by a half-game.
“It feels amazing,” Reeves said of becoming North Cobb’s top scorer. “It’s amazing I can accomplish that my senior year, especially after coming off an injury, and coming back strong, not only mentally but physically.”
A couple of weeks after Reeves helped lead North Cobb to its second straight Class AAAAA state quarterfinal appearance, she was drilling with her AAU team when her knee blew out.
Though she could feel the pain in her knee, Reeves was still able to walk on it, but her coach made her sit out the remainder of practice.
It turned out to be great advice on the coach’s part. Reeves then went through four months of physical therapy, and she has been working with a personal trainer since September.
“She didn’t have surgery until April, and she was ready to go in seven months,” North Cobb coach Matt Williams said. “She worked hard in rehab, and when she came aboard, she fit right into the team.”
Reeves said her three-day-a-week physical therapy sessions were the most agonizing, especially when therapists were fully extending her knee. Shortly after the school year began, she started working with a personal trainer, required to do a lot of sliding and basketball-related drills.
Once North Cobb’s season began in November, Reeves said she was about 90 percent, and it wasn’t until December when she felt ready mentally and physically. The Lady Warriors began the season on a 12-game winning streak and Reeves was there for seven of them.
She wouldn’t mind finishing the season with another winning streak should North Cobb return to the playoffs.
“There is always room for improvement,” Reeves said, “but I’m proud of what I’m doing, and I feel my accomplishments are really helping the team.”
Reeves, who started learning to play the game at age 5 as she looked up to her three older brothers, is getting attention from Division I schools such as Virginia Commonwealth, Towson and Western Carolina.