Prep Girls Basketball

Borrowman back at full health, eager for one more game before college

Blair Borrowman, works on Eccentric Pullups while trying to get back in shape at XCEL Performance after a season ending injury while playing guard for Western-Payson basketball team. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 7, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 7, 2018 11:50 pm

BARRY, Ill. -- Blair Borrowman is ready to get back on the basketball court.

She's been that way since a fractured fibula in her left leg ended her senior season with the Western-Payson girls basketball team just a week before regionals. That feeling never went away as she recovered and did basketball-related workouts to regain her strength and speed.

When Borrowman, who graduated from Western as the program's all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points, steps on the court for the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic June 16 at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena, it'll be the first organized game she's played since January.

"I'm a little nervous," said Borrowman, the 2018 Herald-Whig Player of the Year. "But at the same time I'm really excited. I'm really confident with my body, and I'm stronger than ever now."

That confidence she had to regain, too.

Borrowman was still wearing a brace on her ankle in March. She's no longer wearing any support on her left leg, and finished physical therapy a few weeks ago. As she returned to full strength, she began doing workouts with Pure Sweat Basketball instructor Matt Pugh.

She admits she was timid at first, but regained her confidence about a month ago.

"When I first started doing basketball workouts again and explosive things, I was scared it was going to hurt," Borrowman said. "Things like shooting off my leg or going up for a layup off my left leg. But once I did it and it didn't hurt, it felt good and it reassured me it was going to be OK.

"It's stronger than it ever was before, so that's good,"

That has her confident in her last game before she heads to Lindenwood University to play basketball.

She also gets one last chance to play with her high school coach Elizabeth Seals, who is coaching the Illinois girls team this year. Western assistant Mike Fray, who has coached Borrowman since junior high, will also be on the bench.

Borrowman's Western-Payson teammate Kameron Flesner is also on roster.

"I'm really lucky to get to play one more game together," Borrowman said. "(Seals) gets to coach me one more time, and I'm really looking forward to that."

Seals shares those same feelings.

"Just having another day with her is time well spent," Seals said. "I adore Blair and her family. I'm just really happy to get another day to spend in the gym with her and just joke around."

Those two didn't get a fitting end to the season as the Wildcats' campaign ended in the Class 1A regional championship game. Both see the Classic as a way to get that last game on their terms.

A victory would make the occasion even more sweeter.

"Just getting to play with her and Mike again, I'm really excited about that," Borrowman said. "But if we could get that win together, it would mean so much."