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An inspirational start to the college basketball season

Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives thumbs up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University.
Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives thumbs up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University. The Associated Press

The highlights on Sunday night will be dominated by the NFL, but the most inspirational moment came on a basketball court.

Lauren Hill scored a basket. Here’s why it’s a big deal.

Shortly after she agreed to play basketball for Mount St. Joseph, a Division III school in Cincinnati, Hill was diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain cancer. It is called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and doctors say Hill has just months to live.

The Mount St. Joseph season starts Nov. 15, but the NCAA allowed the school to move its game against Miram to Sunday. Miram agreed, too.

Hill got the first basket of the college basketball season.

Thing is, don’t call it Hill’s last game.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com.

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