PLAINVILLE - While athletes can suffer all kinds of injuries, one of the most common is an ankle sprain.
Midway through the girls basketball season, Plainville senior Isabel “Izzy” Lozefski went down with just that injury.
Although Lozefski only missed two games, her absence did not go unnoticed.
The games she missed proved to be very costly, as the Blue Devils fell to Sacred Heart Academy and Bristol Eastern near the end of January.
Sitting on the sidelines was not something Lozefski was fond of doing.
“It was rough. Watching my team play without me was hard,” Lozefski said. “But when I came back, it was great.”
Lozefski brought a lot to the team. Not only did she score points, but her leadership and mentality made a large impact on her teammates.
“She was a great leader for our team,” Plainville head coach Jessica Neuweiler said. “Very often she is helping the younger players understand plays, and helps them to see things on the court.”
Despite the hiccup, Lozefski got back in the game and finished off the season with the Blue Devils.
Plainville finished its regular season 11-9, reaching the postseason. But their state tournament run was cut short as they fell in the first round to Weston.
“I think I did really well this season,” Lozefski said. “My team did great and we had such a great season. It was nice to end on such a good note.”
All season long, Neuweiler was able to look to Lozefski to bring defensive intensity to the team.
Plainville was always better with Lozefski on the court.
“Offensively, Isabel could always find a way to the basket,” Neuweiler said. “Her quickness off the dribble was great and she would draw the foul and finish from the foul line. She always was an offensive threat and someone other teams had to scout.”
Lozefski was a four-year member of the varsity team at Plainville and this year she was named captain. Also this past season, she was selected to the CCC all-conference team and averaged 8.8 points per game, along with 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals.