M-W's Plumley Determined For Strong Return
Emma Plumley's sophomore basketball season at Madrid-Waddington Central couldn't have gone much better.
The Yellow Jackets dominated the NAC East Division and the Class C bracket of the Section 10 Tournament before losing to an outstanding Cambridge team, 58-31 in regional play. Cambridge went on to win the New York State Class C title in a 57-43 over Watkins Glenn.
Already established as one of the best and most athletic finishers at the rim in Section 10, Plumley extended her outside shooting range as a sophomore and also incorporated her athleticism as an outstanding defender.
She received a First Team All-NAC East selection as a sophomore but things went terribly when she tore her ACL in an AAU tournament.
Emma was moved up to the varsity basketball team as an 8th grader and as a Junior, she is most “senior” player on this season's team as the Jackets' only returning starter.
"We graduated four seniors who had started for four years so Emma is definitely a very important player for us. She is a good shooter, she handles the ball well and we definitely need her ability to attack the basket," says M-W Coach Bryan Harmer.
"We definitely are looking forward for her return as a team leader."
Emma is looking forward to that return with similar anticipation and been working very hard on her rehabilitation with some local support.
She had ACL reconstruction in Boston this June, performed by former New England Patriots Head Team Physician, Dr. Thomas Gill. She has since been rehabbing with Physical Therapist Brett Amo, at the River Ledge Rehabilitation Center in Ogdensburg.
Amo has been pushing Emma to her limits and she credits him for getting her back into what she considers the best shape of her life. Recently she has also begun working with her strength and conditioning coach Chris Sargent , an OFA graduate, who has been a great asset with her sport specific training. Sargent developed his own 3S training system and program and conducts clinics and camps for high schools along with training individual clients.
The timeline for this rehab is typically 6-8 months so Emma will miss some of her junior year, but is determined to get back to the game she loves to help win another Section 10 Championship at M-W. Colleges have recently started to reach out to her with their interest. She is thankful for all her local support and is determined that nothing will stop her from chasing her goal of playing collegiate basketball while pursuing a degree in Psychology/Occupational Therapy.