Contra Costa College women’s basketball star Jamie Capoot suffered a broken leg in the Comets’ 50-45 win over host Napa Valley in the Bay Valley Conference on Wednesday. Capoot had been playing brilliantly all season in the memory her father and mentor, Jim, who was killed in the line of duty as a Vallejo police officer in November.
Jamie, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, has been averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds a game on Comets squad now reduced to just five players.
In the days after Jim Capoot’s widely attended funeral in Vallejo, Jamie had 57 points and 34 rebounds combined in the Comets’ two games in the Comet Classic. Contra Costa coach Paul DeBolt described her play as “courageous and inspiring”.
“My dad would have wanted me to play,” Jamie said at the time, “because that’s what he taught us to do our whole lives: To do what we don’t think is possible.”
Against Napa Valley, Jamie landed awkwardly on someone’s foot four minutes into the game after piling up six points. She suffered a hairline fracture on her left fibula. While the injury is season-ending, Capoot won’t require surgery and could be back in 4 to 8 weeks. She is being recruited by numerous four-year schools, DeBolt said. Contra Costa will have a team meeting on Thursday night to determine whether to forfeit its game against visiting Yuba on Friday because of its player shortage.
“We want to keep it going,” DeBolt said. “We’ve never forfeited a game in the history of the program.”