Austin Samuels tries a baseline floater against Shields Valley JV.

Heartwarming holiday hoops

In the final minutes of the Dec. 22 Lone Peak High School junior varsity game at Shields Valley, the opposing coach subbed in No. 32, Jordan Henson, a special needs student with a love for hoops. The home crowd roared as his teammates worked to feed Henson the ball. 

With his team down 19 against the JV Big Horns, Henson shot and scored before the final buzzer and the crowd roared again, kicking off an uplifting night of high school basketball right before the holiday. 

The final score in the JV opener was LPHS 23, Shields Valley 6. Big Horn Nick Brester led with 9 points, followed by Austin Samuels, Michael Romney and Caden Dougard, each with 4. Mikey Botha showed quickness against the Rebel defense and tossed in 2. 


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