A.C. Flora senior Tierra Knotts hoped to return to action this week as the Falcons gear up for the start of the Region 4-3A season, but the Falcons all-state guard is not physically ready to play yet.
Knotts suffered a torn ACL during the AAU season in July, and she has yet to recover sufficient strength to take the court for the Falcons.
“I was hoping Tierra would be ready to play this week, but she has recovered only about 65% of her strength in the knee,” said Moore. “She could be out for the next two to four weeks.”
The Falcons, who travel to face Blythewood on Tuesday, are off to a 7-4 start without their senior leader.
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“Even with Tierra being out, I’m disappointed with the season so far,” said Moore. “We don’t seem to have much spark on the floor, and we the effort has been inconsistent.”
Veterans Kim Roach and Jasmine Stubbs have been the top producers to date. Roach is averaging 15.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while Stubbs, who is filling in at point guard for Knotts, is averaging 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals.
Flora opens region play Friday at home against top-ranked Lower Richland.