Posted: 2:50 pm Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Jupiter hanging in there waiting for guard’s return 

By Post Staff

Jupiter had a nice surge in the third quarter against Trinity Christian Monday night but by the fourth quarter, Trinity just overpowered Jupiter. Part of that is that Jupiter didn’t match up well with Trinity (mainly 6-foot-2 Danielle McCray) but the game might have been a little closer than 56-39 if Jupiter was at full strength.

Jupiter is experiencing some deja vu when it comes to early season injuries. Last season, the Warriors lost two key players but got them back in January and then went on a hot streak and won the district title.

This season, starting guard Kaitlyn Larkin is out with a broken collar bone, which she suffered against Plantation American Heritage in a Thanksgiving tournament. They also lost reserve Annie Bryan in the preseason to an ACL injury. She probably won’t be back but Jupiter coach Mike Lynch was optimistic that Larkin would be back after winter break.

Without the two of them, the Warriors have been moving point guard Shannon Caspar to Larkin’s position but Lynch said there’s a big drop off when Caspar needs a break and Trinity pounced when she was on the bench. He added he would probably think twice before resting her as often. But at the same time, they can’t burn one of their best players out.

Lately, Markisha Mehide, a 6-foot senior center, has performed well coming off the bench. She had seven points and 10 rebounds against Trinity. And at 7-2 the Warriors are still pulling off wins, including a big one against King’s Academy last Friday.