At no other level of athletics are injuries quite as damaging as they are on the high school level. And one would be hard pressed to find an injury more devastating than Lucardy Jean-Francois’ is to the Cedar Crest boys’ basketball team.
The Falcons have yet to get one minute of production out of Jean-Francois, a 6-2 senior forward. And there is some concern how much and when Cedar Crest will get help from Jean-Francois this season.
Jean-Francois is currently on crutches, with his foot in a cast, the result of an injury that originated during the fall football season. Jean-Francois is suffering from a broken bone in that foot and his return is not imminent.
“It happened in practice,” reported Cedar Crest first-year head coach Tommy Smith. “It originally happened in football season and he tried to play through the pain. I think he’ll be back, but we don’t exactly know the time table.”
Jean-Francois is the Falcons’ best player and one of the top performers in Lebanon County. His athleticism, experience and presence inside will be sorely missed by a Cedar Crest squad which is vertically challenged.
Without him, Cedar Crest is off to a 1-3 start and an 0-2 beginning in Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.