Christian County High School helped set up one of the most-special sports moments of the year, but a young lady for whom the moment existed managed to make it even more special on Friday night.
Kristian Shouse, a student in Christian County’s Function Mental Disability unit, has developed a close bond with Laderia Gold, a senior girls’ basketball player who serves as a student aid in Shouse’s gym class. Gold invited Shouse to participate in her team’s Senior Night ceremony held on Friday.
Shouse, who is autistic, was made an honorary team captain for the night and wore a No. 1 jersey against Hopkinsville, one of Christian County’s biggest rivals. At the start of the game Shouse received a pass from Gold and took the game’s first shot attempt and the first official shot attempt of her career. It swished through the net and elated the crowd.
Gold and Shouse embraced immediately after the make, and Gold can be seen fighting off tears in a video of the shot filmed by Kentucky New Era Reporter Chris Jung.
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Jung told the Herald-Leader that Shouse’s parents were told that she wasn’t expected to live beyond 10 days old.
“It was inspiring and sent the crowd into a frenzy,” Jung said of Shouse’s shot, which he filmed. It has been watched more than 60,000 times on his Twitter account alone and has been shared by numerous media outlets including Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report.