EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – When North’s Kaylee Martin hit a miracle shot to win the sport in opposition to Vincennes on Thursday night time, it wasn’t simply an odd recreation.
“When the shot went up and in, there was nothing else going via my thoughts aside from that it was for her, and that she was there and the entire recreation was for her,” Martin stated.
The sport was in honor of Lillian Gardner, who handed away in October. The workforce wore warm-up jerseys that claimed to play for Lilly throughout Thursday’s recreation.
“I believe one strategy to bear in mind her and know that she’s nonetheless right here is to have a recreation, and it made me actually blissful to know that everybody else supported me,” Martin continued. “My classmates and I wished to have one for her.”
Whereas Gardner wasn’t on the workforce, he used to go to video games. Gardner’s household stated they consider Lilly was there that night time, cheering on Martin and the Huskies.
“We had been method down, 12 or 13, and the final shot I took, the successful shot, I believe it confirmed me that she’s nonetheless right here and he or she by no means left,” Martin stated. “It actually touched me and a variety of different folks.”
The Northern neighborhood has adopted the phrase “I Dwell for Lilly.” Martin’s sneakers say “Recreation for Lilly” to recollect his late good friend.
“She was in my part final yr, so as an alternative of claiming ‘Dwelling for Lilly,’ I wished to make it extra private and transferring for me. So I wished to dedicate this season to taking part in for her.
The Northern neighborhood can be discovering new methods to proceed Gardner’s legacy.
A financial institution will quickly be arrange on the North campus and there might be a grant in his title.
“I believe the Husky nation has actually embraced what has occurred, and made the varsity a bit extra strict, and always remember Lilly as a result of she was such a candy, smiling, enjoyable little lady,” stated Martin’s mom, Shelly. Martin.
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(This story was initially revealed on January 17, 2021)