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Girls hoops coach knocked unconscious in collision at Nike TOC

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:47 pm

There was a scary moment in the Joe Smith title game of the Nike Tournament of Champions on Thursday night at Hamilton.

Diane Richardson, the coach of Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist , was knocked unconscious after a collision with one of her players with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter.

Richardson was hit in the chin and then fell to the floor, where several of her panicked players yelled for medical attention.

She regained consciousness after about a minute. Paramedics were called and she was put through a series of tests before the game resumed.

"I couldn't get out of the way in time," Richardson said. "I'm too old, man. I thought I was out of the way. Something hit me on my chin because it's hurting right now. That and my head hurts."

Many on scene suggested Richardson go to a local hospital, but she refused. Riverdale Baptist is the top-ranked team in the country according to Maxpreps.com, and its opponent, St. Mary's, is No. 2.

"Are you kidding me?" she said. "We came all the way out here. I'm not going to be sitting in the hospital."

Before the game resumed, the Knights starters went over and checked on Richardson.

She coached the rest of the way without incident. Her assistant coaches tried to keep her sitting down after the fall, but she eventually went back to coaching in her usual style, which included pacing and crouching.

St. Mary's coach Curtis Ekmark said he didn't see what happened.

"You never wish that upon anybody," Ekmark said. "I hope she's OK. She seems OK now. We'll all say a prayer for her tonight."

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