Dulude bouncing back after injury
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 14, 2006 - COMO - For Como-Pickton's Courtney Dulude, her senior season is a rebuilding year.

Dulude tore her ACL during her junior year and said coach Devin Gabbard has motivated her this season. She averaged 13 points and six rebounds before the season-ending knee injury for the Lady Eagles last year.

"He has helped me get back to like I was before I tore my ACL," Dulude said. "He has strengthened me and convinced me that I can come back and helped me through the suffering that I had last year."

Dulude is the third of four siblings -brothers Josh and Zach and sister Nicole - and is the daughter of Danny Dulude and Robin Hawkins.

She said until the ACL injury last year, she had played every sport she could, but this year her load will change.

"I did until I tore my ACL last year," she said. "It was really tough knowing that I couldn't play my junior year because that is the year that the scouts come out and watch.

"I played volleyball, softball and ran track and then this year I think I will just do basketball and may do softball."

With Gabbard coaching his second year at Como-Pickton, Dulude said the players are starting to understand his passion for the game and he is very involved with each player.

"He is a great coach and I love working with him. I think he is the best one that we have had since I have been in school," the senior said. "He knows what he is talking about, and he knows us not only for basketball but also school-wise. He is like another dad to us and he knows when to get on to us."

Dulude said since she doesn't play football, she uses basketball to help get out her aggression.

"I love this game and it is like a football to me since girls can't play football," she said. "It gets your anger out and it is a really fun game."

With the success of the girls' basketball program this year, Dulude said the excitement is there since she is the only senior on the team.

"It is good because I can look back and know that there are people behind me keeping the record going and the wins going," Dulude said. "It is good to look back and know that I have people that can play."

The girls have already surpassed their win total from last year (6-21) with a 9-5 record. The Lady Eagles have finished third in two tournaments at Prairiland and Saltillo this year.

"We want to get in the playoffs," she said. "I think being a young team we still have it and we can make it to the playoffs."

Dulude said when she graduates this year, she will go to college to become an X-ray technician.

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