Stewart’s comeback from injury on track
CASTLE ROCK - Ryley Stewart broke his ankle last summer doing what he loves.
He was playing basketball.
Stewart, a 6-foot-3 Douglas County High School sophomore, demonstrated last Friday night that his ankle isn’t holding him back.
He scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter, in the Huskies’ 67-63 loss to Doherty in the Douglas County gym.
“I just got into a groove when I hit a few 3s,” said Stewart. “When I get hot, I want the ball. If the shot is not there, I’ll pass it off to someone else.
“I feel confident. I broke my ankle over the summer. I was in physical therapy until October. So I’ve been coming back and I feel pretty good playing basketball.”
Huskies coach Jeff Riley is happy to see that Stewart has rebounded.
“He broke his ankle the first of July,” said Riley. “It set him back at first. He’s almost back to 100 percent. He’s healthy, it’s just a matter of trusting it.
“Doherty did a pretty good job on Calvin (Cooke) in the second half and Ryley stepped up and hit some shots.”
Cooke also had 17 points in the loss that dropped Douglas County’s record to 4-7 before Wednesday night’s game at Prairie View and Friday’s Continental League opener at home against ThunderRidge.
After 11 games, Cooke was the leading scorer for the Huskies with a 14.9 average followed by Stewart at 13.9. Cooke, a 6-3 junior, is the team’s leading rebounder with an average of 7.8 a game.
Shooting hasn’t been a problem this season for Douglas County but the same can’t be said about rebounding.
“We like to find the hot guy,” said Riley. “We’re pretty lucky we have four guys that can score, we just have to figure out who it is each night and get him the ball.
“We’ve got to rebound. That worries me. Other than that we’re playing well offensively. We are shooting the ball pretty well. But we have to rebound in our league. Yeah, we’re not a big team but we can still get in their way a little bit better.”