Teen basketball player stabbed by floorboard during game

A teenage basketball player in Wisconsin is recovering after she was impaled by a broken floorboard during a game.

Perry Hibner said the 14-year-old Wisconsin Heights player fell down on the floor and could not get up. The girl told the referee, "There’s a piece of wood stuck to me." The floorboard had split in the middle and a piece of the broken wood had stabbed the girl.

"It was 3 to 4 inches long and in some parts, probably a quarter to a half inch deep," said Hibner, who had organized the tournament the girl was playing in.

The girl was taken to the hospital, where she spent the night. None of her internal organs had been stabbed by the wood.

Hibner said the floor is just 15 years old and a replacement sliver of wood has been glued in before it can be permanently fixed. He does not expect any legal action against the school district.

"Kind of like a strike of lightning where you just don’t think those things are going to happen," said Hibner. "It was a complete fluke."

The injured girl is expected to play again in a few weeks.

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