LATHAM, N.Y. – An injured Shaker basketball player got to
take a final shot for her high school career.
After an undefeated regular season, the Shaker girls
basketball team expected to be at Hudson Valley Community College this weekend
alongside Hoosic Valley, but their early exit from the postseason allowed for a
moment far more meaningful.
“It was pretty hard to watch,” Shaker senior Adrienne
It was not the view Gambles expected to have her senior
“It was during winter break at the end of December, and I
remember coming home after watching them practice and my mom told me about it,”
Her mother said Gambles had torn her ACL and her senior
season was over.
“It's a really big part of my life and finding out; it
sucked,” she said. “I cried a lot.”
“She's like the glue to our team, and I really couldn't
imagine our team without her,” Merrick Rowland said.
So Gambles stayed. Her role just changed.
“I saw me being a big supporter of the team,” Gambles said.
Gambles went from cheerleader to water girl to coach.
“I took over her role, and it was her role so she gave me
advice all season,” senior Jenni Barra said.
And Gambles accepted that her view from the bench would be
the last she'd see as a Shaker senior until a few days ago during the
Exceptional Seniors game.
“It was kind of a last minute thing,” Gambles said. “They
said ‘Why don't you let her shoot her last basket for high school.'”
So she did.
“It was such a good moment. I wouldn't take it back for
anything,” Barra said. I wish I could go back to that exact moment when she
came on. Everyone was so excited. We were so excited to be on the court with
her one last time.”
“It was a closure for me just to know I got to shoot one
more time,” Gambles said. “Be on the court one more time with everybody
watching. It was nice.”
Everybody watching her as she watched the ball go through
the basket – the lasting view she'll take away from senior season.