Senior Tommy Wick was lost for the season when he was injured while driving for a go-ahead basket in Woodinville’s dramatic 71-70 win over Bothell last Friday night. Team trainers stated the initial diagnosis was fractures to the fibula and tibia bones in Wick’s right leg.
Falcon coach Mark Folsom went right to Wick’s side as his point guard lay in a sprawled heap upon the hardwood underneath the basket.
"He was just in excruciating pain," Folsom said. "They were trying to stabilize him. It sounded as if he knew he broke it right away. I think he came down on somebody’s foot. I don’t know for a fact, but that’s my guess because there were so many guys under the basket."
The cruel irony was that Wick was probably playing the best game of his prep career. His 21 points included five 3-pointers which helped pace the Falcons to a remarkable comeback victory. The showcase performance was probably no accident.
"It’s a bittersweet situation to some degree because yesterday Tommy and I had a lengthy conversation about being a team leader and exhibiting some of those leadership qualities that he has," Folsom said. "I thought for us being in the situation that we were in, down early (by 30-13 at one point), and this team and Tommy’s leadership showing such great resiliency to come through with the win. It was an amazing situation."
As trainers and medics tended to Wick for about 20 minutes, teammates gathered around to offer encouragement.
"Tommy told me to win it for him," sophomore forward Tony Miller said. "He looked sad and angry. But also happy because he knew we would win it for him."
Coach Folsom was asked to sum up Wick’s impact on the team.
"Tommy is a kid that has more experience than anybody in this program," he said. "He played at the varsity level the year before I got here and played a ton of minutes last year.
"We really felt like Tommy gave us more scoring from the point guard position. We wanted to get the ball into his hands more consistently throughout the game. He’s a proven player. Our kids look to him to be that leader on the floor.
"I don’t know at this point how we will fill his shoes and how we will fulfill his role. It’s going to be a tremendous loss for us. But hopefully we will find a way to grow closer as a team."