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Less than 24 hours after suffering a game-ending broken nose midway through the second quarter on Monday night, Alexis Glasgow was in the Rolling Meadows gymnasium practicing with her teammates on Tuesday afternoon.
Glasgow awoke prior to 6 a.m. for X-rays and was later cleared to play for Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Geneva at 6:30 p.m.
She suffered the injury when hit by an elbow with 3:27 left in the second quarter .
The state-ranked Mustangs were leading New Trier 27-13 at the time and went on to win the Hoffman Estates supersectional 60-43.
Glasgow, who plans to have the nose set next Tuesday, was at practice getting use to wearing a mask to protect her face.
"Next Tuesday, depending on how it heals, we'll see if I need surgery," Glasgow said.
"But it's not easy," she said of getting used to the head gear. "It definitely restricts your vision. It's different seeing things."
The Northwestern recruit, who averages 17 points in the high-scoring Meadows offense, said the injury does not hurt.
"They are working on getting her a custom-fit mask by the weekend," said Mustangs coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "She was cleared to play but she has to get used to playing with it. We'll let her shoot a lot (in practice)."
Glasgow is one of the top 3-point shooters in the state, with close to 60 this season.
"She has to get used to breathing, vision and overall comfort with it," said Mustangs assistant coach Nick Nichols. "But that's the benefit of being a senior.
"This senior class has been through too many trials and tribulations with injuries, discomfort, a mask or a 16-point deficit (to Hersey) to let this get in the way of their goals."
Glasgow played a key role in the sectional championship win over Hersey, when she scored 7 of her team's 9 points in overtime.
She is elated about the chance to play in Illinois State's Redbird Arena for the second straight year.
"As freshmen, we knew we had a special group of girls so our goal was always to get downstate," she said referring to last year's second-place finish to Marian Catholic. "I didn't know if we'd do it (get downstate) twice."