By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Its time to give a special hand of applause to one Lady Longhorn who plays the game of basketball with only one hand. Gloria McIver was born without a left hand, but not according to her mom and dad, Tim and Dawn McIver.
They told me that was my Jesus-born hand, said McIver. I dont feel the need to be ashamed of it. They told me to show it all.
McIver has been showing it all and then some as a freshman guard on the Lady Longhorns basketball team. Her overall hustle, heart and desire to be the best player possible have helped her overcome the deformity.
I started playing basketball at Doe on a C-team, said McIver. I loved it then and I still do.
It was two of her youth league coaches that taught her to love the game.
Rick Snyder and Brad Reece were my coaches, said McIver. They are the best two coaches that Ive ever had. Lisa Arnold was a good coach too that I enjoyed being around. They all helped me love the game of basketball. It gives me a chance to express myself on the floor.
The freshman guard did just that in a recent game against Elizabethton, the states top team in AA. She hit a long three-pointer in the contest and came up with a steal on their very next possession.
I can express myself openly when Im on the basketball court, added McIver. I am a very competitive person and Im really outgoing despite my handicap. It just makes me more determined. Ill do whatever it takes to become a better player that can help my team.
McIver has found the competition to be much better in the high school ranks after playing for Kechia Eller during her eighth grade season at JCMS. She added that it was a thrill when the call came from Thomas Wampler to move her up to the varsity level.
It was like a dream come true for me, added McIver. It was like the Lord had answered my prayer. You try not to doubt yourself but Ive had to work extra hard to compensate for my handicap. I wouldnt have it any other way. God made me special and Im not ashamed of it.
He also made her a prize catch for some lucky young man one day. Thats because the freshman sparkplug can fish with the best of them.
I really like to trout and catfish off the bank, added McIver. I love the lake but I prefer fishing in my creek near the house.
The young Jack of all Trades continued to amaze this reporter as we spoke. She talked about playing softball in the youth league and how some had tried to convince her to run track.
I just want to spend all my time working in the offseason on basketball, said McIver. Ive got a lot of things to improve on before I can play. I want to elevate my game and get better. I want to be a player who can contribute.
McIver also spends some of her free time working a job. Its one thats right up her alley.
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