Clearwater’s Liv Fuller, one of the area’s top girls basketball players, is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.
The injury happened against Countryside on Nov. 29.
Fuller, who signed with Georgia Southern last month, was averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a game during her senior season. She led the Tornadoes to three straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the state semifinals during the 2020-21 season.
The loss is a blow for a Clearwater team that had state title aspirations. The Tornadoes currently are 9-2 and ranked first in Class 5A, Region 3.
Still, Clearwater has enough talent to make another deep run in the playoffs.
The Tornadoes have won eight straight games, including the past five without Fuller. Two of those victories were against Keswick Christian and Gibbs, both of which are ranked among the top six in their respective region in the latest Florida High School Athletic Association rankings.
Fuller plans to help in any way she can.
“I’ll be coaching them along the whole way doing everything I can so we can still reach our goals,” she said.