Girl With Autism Plays in First Ever High School Basketball Game, Lands Opening Score

A high school student with autism dazzled spectators at a local basketball game after she nailed her first-ever shot attempt in her debut appearance — only seconds after the opening buzzer.

Kentucky teen, Kristian Shouse, a student at Christian County High School’s Function Mental Disability unit, was invited to play for the team’s Senior Night ceremony on Feb. 2 after striking a friendship with Laderia Gold, a senior girls’ basketball player, reported local media.

Shouse was asked to stand as honorary captain and wore the number one jersey for the game against Hopkinsville, one of the school’s biggest rivals.

At the start of the game, Gold passes the ball to Shouse who then, on her first attempt, swishes the ball through the net. She scores the first points of the match. Shouse appears emotional after she is congratulated by teammates and receives a thunderous applause from the crowd.

Local reporter, Chris Jung, shared a video of the moment on Twitter. It had been watched over 76,000 times at the time of writing.

Credit: Twitter/ChrisJungKNE via Storyful


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