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Words are powerful.
For instance, when you hear the words courage, heart, leader, determined, gritty and hard-working used to describe a person, there’s a pretty good bet that person is extraordinary.
That’s pretty much what you’ll hear in Rockwood when folks talk about Becca Farmer. Farmer has become a source of inspiration this season. The Lady Tiger senior is playing on a torn ACL, which is actually her third torn knee ligament in the past 16 months.
Farmer first tore the ACL in her left knee last August. She returned from that injury in January to play in one game before tearing the ACL in her right knee the following practice.
Farmer worked hard to get both knees ready for her senior season, but then disaster struck. During preseason conditioning, Farmer again tore the ACL in her right knee, but she made the decision to play through the pain and put off a third surgery until after basketball and softball are over.
“I just enjoy playing so much,” Farmer said. “This is my last year, and I decided I was playing whether it was torn or not. The doctor told me I can play as long as my knee holds up.”
“Becca is a special kid,” Lady Tiger head coach Amy Breazeale added. “I can’t say enough good things about her. To have already gone through this twice and not give up is remarkable. It speaks volumes about her character and what type of person she is.
“She’s one of the hardest working players I’ve ever had, and I knew if there was any way she could play that she was going to play.”
Three torn ACLs isn’t the only adversity Farmer has fought through this season. When Rockwood played its first game this season at Sunbright on Nov. 22, Farmer reinjured her knee, but that was only the start of a long evening for her. Later that night, he father died after battling an illness.
Farmer, however, again refused to throw in the towel.
“The same night I hurt my knee was the night my dad died, but I know he wouldn’t want me to give up,” she said with tears in her eyes. “He would want me to keep going, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
“She doesn’t know how to give up,” Breazeale said. “She has a lot of grit to her. She’s been through a lot, but she’s a fighter.”
Farmer did miss a couple of games due to tweaking her knee, but now she is back and the Lady Tigers are off to a great start. At 6-2 this season, Rockwood is off to its best start since starting the season 5-3 in 2004-05.
A lot of that start can be attributed to following Farmer’s lead.
“She’s our leader,” teammate and best friend Samantha Freels said. “She goes as hard, if not harder than all of us, and it makes us go harder. When you think that you’re hurting or things aren’t going well then you think of her playing on a torn ACL and it lets you know you don’t have it so bad.”
“She’s made them appreciate each other and the game more,” Breazeale added. “They realize now that no matter how bad you have it that it could be worse. They know this game can be taken away at any moment and they’re playing harder because of that.”
Through it all, Farmer has kept a positive attitude and that’s another reason she has been able to overcome so much adversity.
“I’m not really a negative thinker,” she said when asked if she wondered why bad things keep happening to her. “I just try to stay positive and think of good things.”