She came back to the floor last week at the very end of her final regular high school season, popping 3-point jump shots as if the tall shooting guard with the smooth stroke had never left the court.
It is where she excelled, until a terrible stroke of misfortune put the last two years of Alana Wilson’s career with the Holy Redeemer Royals in jeopardy.
She missed all but the first eight games and change of her junior year, then the team’s first 17 games of this one.
A torn ACL that took forever to heal took away what were supposed to be the best moments of Wilson’s young basketball life.
But maybe the best is yet to come — for Wilson and for her Holy Redeemer teammates.
“I’ve worked really hard just to get back here,” Wilson was saying, after scoring eight points — the first points for her since she felt that pop in her knee last January. “I know this is an important season.
“I want to be a part of it.”
She could end up playing one of the biggest parts of a playoff run that starts next week, one that Holy Redeemer hopes will end with District 2 and PIAA Class 2A state championships.
“Before her injury,” Holy Redeemer coach Chris Parker said, “she was the second-best player on our team behind Alexis Lewis. Hands-down. It absolutely broke my heart as a coach, losing her. She had 32 points in our opener against Scranton last year. She had 17 points in the third quarter against (eventual District 2 Class 4A champ) Wallenpaupack.