It was senior night for the Norman High School girls’ basketball team — an event to honor players going through their final season in uniform and have a go at rivals Norman North.
But inside the packed Oklahoma gymnasium last Friday, all eyes were on one senior in particular — Lainy Fredrickson.
“She’s always asking me, ‘When am I getting in?’” Michael Neal, Norman girls’ head coach, told the Oklahoman.
As the clock wound down with less than a minute to play and the Norman Lady Tigers had their home victory over Norman North well in hand, Lainy was sent into the game to the cheers of the crowd.
You see, Lainy is a special-needs student. She had a brain tumor as an infant which led to developmental challenges as well as Prater-Willi Syndrome, which affects her appetite, KWTV-TV reported.
But it’s never been enough to keep her off the court, which she’s seen plenty of …