8th-grader impaled by piece of basketball court during middle school tourney

8th-grader impaled by piece of basketball court during middle school tourney

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8th-grader impaled by piece of basketball court during middle school tourney

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An eighth-grader in Wisconsin was injured when she was impaled by a piece of the court during a basketball tournament.

As noted by our friends at For the Win, the 14-year-old Wisconsin Heights player is shown hitting the floor, sliding and then not getting up.  The reason was a three to four inch piece of the floor was stuck in her stomach. She told the official that she couldn’t get up, according to CNN affiliate WISC-TV in Madison.

“And the official said, ‘What do you mean? Are you hurt?’” tournament director Perry Hibner told the station. “And she said, ‘There’s a piece of wood stuck to me.’”

Emergency crews responded to the gym and the fans were asked to leave as the player was loaded on a stretcher. She spent the night in the hospital and Hibner said doctors found no internal injuries.

The tournament, which had 34 teams of middle school girls, was finished in another facility.

Hibner also told WISC that he doesn’t expect the player or her family to take any sort of legal action, and he added that he believes she’ll be back on the court this week.

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