Jordan Satterfield and Erica Dawson each would prefer to be in uniform and playing on the court than to be in street clothes and sitting on the bench.
But it's been a trying month for the two Marietta High senior basketball letterwinners.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the 5-foot-8 Satterfield suffered a knee injury during the Tigers' 53-51 setback to Meadowbrook in an East Central Ohio League game in Byesville.
Four days later, on Saturday, Jan. 12, the 5-9 Dawson broke her right, shooting hand in Marietta's 69-65 overtime loss at Waterford. Amazingly, she scored a game-high 30 points before fouling out in the extra session.
All of this wasn't supposed to be happening - but in competitive sports, of course, injuries can occur at any time to anyone - and neither Satterfield nor Dawson was immune to the unfortunate turn of events on the hardwood.
Thing is, up until being sidelined, the twosome had been relatively durable performers throughout their prep athletic careers. Both are hard workers and play hard - always.
Satterfield, also a Tiger baseball letterwinner, was one of two returning MHS cagers with any significant varsity experience. A point guard, he basically "quarterbacked" the offense.
Satterfield provided stability in the Tiger backcourt with excellent ballhandling and defensive skills. Also a good perimeter shooter, but that was primarily a second option as he always seemed to prefer passing first.
Last week, Satterfield underwent surgery on the knee, and now it's just going to take time. He's probably also going to miss the Tiger baseball season as the starting shortstop.
But when the American Legion baseball season rolls around in June, there's hope that Satterfield will be returning to the action.
Dawson, it is hoped, will be back competing sooner, like in early February, around tournament basketball time.
Marietta High's all-time leading career scorer, she was averaging 30-plus points per game before going on the disabled list.
With Dawson, who is Xavier University-bound to continue her education and play basketball after graduation, back on the floor, Marietta could make some postseason noise.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or at email@example.com