Girl with Down syndrome makes first basket to beat the buzzer
WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- It was a moment that two teams will never forget.
Worthingway Middle School (Worthington) student-athlete Ellie Savage-Trout beat the buzzer in her game against the Norton Wildcats (west Columbus). It was a special moment not so much for the timing, but the meaning behind it: it was the 8th grader's first basket against what her mom called "her typical peers."
Ellie was born with Down syndrome.
"The entire crowd was one and cheered as loud as I have ever heard our gym," said Worhingway head coach Bruce Gerber in a message to coaches and administrators in the Ohio Capitol Conference.
The video was shot by Rachel Maynard, a friend of Ellie's mom Zena. That's because she was so overcome with emotion during those final three minutes of the game when Ellie entered.
"Their joy, sportsmanship, and excitement was contagious," she said referring to both teams and their effort to get Ellie that momentous basket.
The 14-year-old tried out and made a team of her "peers," but she's not new to sports. Her mom says she's a Special Olympian, who has competed in bowling, track, swimming, and basketball.
This latest achievement was just the most recent instance to prove she's just like everyone else.
"Ellie has grown [her] independence with this experience. Ellie wants what every person wants...to be equal and included," her mom said.