Inspiring Wildcat celebrates Senior Night with start, first points

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A beloved member of Hayden High School's basketball team celebrated Senior Night with her first career points.

Amanda Young is living with Down Syndrome and has been the team's manager her entire high school career.

Her teammates wanted to honor Amanda for her dedication and positive spirit. Friday, there were high fives and cheers as she was introduced as part of the starting line up for the Wildcats' matchup against Emporia.

A few seconds into the game, a teammate dished her the ball under the basket. Amanda squared up and lofted a shot that hit the rim and rolled in for her first career points.

Even the Spartans players cheered as the Hayden ladies moved in for congratulatory hugs.

Friday's events were the latest recognition for the young lady who classmates call an inspiration. Last fall, she wrapped up her stint as the volleyball team's manager by serving back-to-back aces on Senior Night. The moment landed in the number one spot on an edition of ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10. The school also voted her homecoming queen in September.

Several Hayden students stirred up excitement for Friday's appearance by Amanda, tweeting during the week that fans should "pack the house."