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Bibbs’ senior season cut short

Madison Bibbs observes her teammates from the bench during Monday's game against Trumann.

Madison Bibbs observes her teammates from the bench during Monday's game against Trumann.

Anna Beth Baugher

Madison Bibbs observes her teammates from the bench during Monday's game against Trumann.

Anna Beth Baugher

Anna Beth Baugher

Madison Bibbs observes her teammates from the bench during Monday's game against Trumann.

Anna Beth Baugher

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The Buffalo Island Central basketball gym was silent- the type of silence that is unheard of when two rival teams are battling for a win.

“It popped,” Madison Bibbs screamed. “It popped!”

At that moment, fans, teammates and opponents all knew that they were witnessing something that could potentially bring Bibbs’ senior season to a halt.

“When I heard it, I knew that it was serious,” Bibbs said.

When doctors finally concluded that she had torn her ACL, Bibbs was devastated and discouraged. She had been playing basketball since her fourth-grade year and was not expecting to part from the sport so suddenly. Bibbs’ injury has also taken a tremendous toll on her teammates.

“I was the captain, so I lead the girls,” she said.

Although a steady stream of coaches came and went throughout Bibbs’ basketball career, she served as a constant mentor and friend to her fellow team members. She always strived to set an example of discipline and hard work for the other girls to follow, while practicing the game that she loved as often as possible.

“When I came to Manila, I was terrible,” she said. “I was terrible, but everyone knew that I was gonna outwork and that’s what I did.”

With the support of her team, family and the community, she is already on the road to a swift recovery just days after her ACL repair surgery.

“The first couple nights they (mom and stepdad) had to get up every four hours and get my medicine, so they’ve definitely been really supportive,” she said. “And the girls, they’ve brought me gifts- and just everybody at school has been really kind, and they’ve just helped me with my books or whatever I needed.”

Because of Madison’s work ethic and leadership skills, it is no surprise that she is using her accident to inspire and motivate others. Bibbs still attends every practice and sits the bench at games in an effort to stay involved and to encourage her fellow teammates.

“We started off as teammates and then we transformed each other, and we’ve worked together to become a family,” Bibbs remarked.

Always give 110% because you never know when your last game will be.”

— Madison Bibbs

Although this unfortunate event has had a negative impact on her athletic career, Bibbs still has a bright future ahead of her. She plans to go to ANC for two years. Then she will transfer and hopefully get a degree in counseling.

Madison Bibbs wishes to give one final piece of advice to her basketball family, who have offered her so much love and support through it all.

“Always give 110% because you never know when your last game will be,” she said. “When you end your final game, you want to have no regrets.”

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