Harrisburg High athlete overcomes career threatening injury

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Raven Ransom entered this past summer preparing for her senior year at Harrisburg High School.

The basketball standout had a lot of options in front of her. With interest from Division I and II level schools, she was ready to take her game further.

“I was pretty confident that she was going to have a chance to play at the Division I or Division II level,” said Harrisburg’s Girls Basketball Coach Dwan Lee. 

In July, she competed in the Nike U-S National Junior tournament in Washington D.C. Raven’s mom Barbara Carroll traveled with her to D.C.

“She played very well. She had coaches that emailed her, and they were coming just to see Raven.”

On their way back, the pair were involved in a severe car accident. The result, changed Raven’s future.

All four of Raven’s fingers in her right hand were lost in the accident, effectively ending her college basketball hopes.

Tysha Brown, Raven’s teammate and Providence College commit remembers the shock of learning what happened to Raven for the first time.

“I just saw her the day before playing basketball, and now she doesn’t have 4 fingers? It’s not– it doesn’t seem real.”

Raven was determined to not let her life changing injury keep her away from her team. In the weeks that followed, she continued to recover from her injury and rejoin the Lady Cougars for the 2015-16 season.

“They really lifted my spirits and supported me. Just telling me that everything’s going to be okay. Of course they were crying hysterically and I’m like, come on now, I’ll be fine.”

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