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Finding Her Way Back: Luttrull on pace for freshman year at SEMO

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Former Highland all-state guard Ashton Luttrull continues to rehab a torn ACL that caused her to miss the 2012 season. Former Highland all-state guard Ashton Luttrull continues to rehab a torn ACL that caused her to miss the 2012 season.

QUINCY, Il. (WGEM) -- It was almost exactly a year ago that former all-state Highland guard Ashton Luttrull suffered a torn ACL playing summer basketball, which eventually caused her to miss her entire senior season.

Even with a surgically repaired knee, she became the first female athlete in school history to sign with a division I school.

After months of watching and going through rehab, Luttrull is getting closer to find her way back onto the court for her freshman season at Southeast Missouri State.

"It's been over a year since I've played in an actual game," Luttrull told WGEM Sports.

"Being away from the game for that long takes its toll, you want to be out there playing, but I'm not ready yet."

'Not ready yet.'

It's a phrase used by countless athletes recovering from an ACL injury.

Even players like Luttrull who put in the work on a daily basis on the road to recovery have to grind both mentally and physically to find their game again.

"I've really been working hard in the weight room," she said.

"I've been in there every day as far as that goes, and they've had me doing therapy every day just trying to strengthen my muscles around my knee and hopefully make it stronger for whenever I'm able to play."

For any competitor, watching the sport they love from the sidelines can be as painful as the rehab that comes along with a devastating injury.

"The physical is tough, but mentally it's tough to keep watching keep waiting because it has been so long," she expressed.

"The injury happened for a reason, and I don't know what that reason was, but I've learned a lot in the process and I think I'm a stronger person because of it."

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