Washington waits on word about Taylor’s injury status 

A player capable of carrying the Washington boys’ basketball team on his back has been continually slowed by leg injuries this season.

Senior forward Jahrail Taylor, a first-team All-Academic Athletic Association selection in 2006, has twice been forced to the sideline this season for the Eagles (16-10, 8-4 AAA). His most recent injury occurred Wednesday in an incredible display of his athletic ability, when the 6-foot-5 Taylor sprinted the length of the court to block a Wallenberg dunk attempt from behind. He was whistled for a questionable flagrant foul and also injured his right hamstring when he landed, Washington coach Kevin Shepard said.

Taylor, who is averaging 18.2 points per game in AAA play, sat out the rest of that contest and missed games against O’Connell and Jordan. He was told by a doctor from UC San Francisco to stay off the leg for a week and more about his status for the rest of the season will be known when he is reevaluated today.

Taylor also missed time at the beginning of the season due to soreness in his left knee.

"Without him on the floor, we’re losing rebounding, second-chance opportunities and a defensive presence in the paint," Shepard said.

BCL SHOWDOWN: The top two girls’ basketball teams in the Bay Counties League West will meet up at Kezar Pavilion Thursday at 5:45 p.m. with first place on the line.

Lick-Wilmerding (16-8, 8-2) handed Urban its only loss — a 34-31 decision Jan. 23. But the Blues (21-3, 9-1) played that game without USF-bound center Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg, who sat out with an ankle injury.

The senior should make a huge difference in Thursday’s rematch as she is averaging 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.

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