Cathryn Hunt is insatiable and compulsive.
That’s what Prader-Willi syndrome does to a person. It is a genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome that, among its many impacts, causes learning disabilities and a hunger that never subsides, often leading to morbid obesity in those who have it.
Hunt, a Judge Memorial senior, regulates this a couple of ways.
First, she regulates intake and eats the same breakfast and lunch every day. She starts each day with a protein shake, a protein bar, Cream of Wheat and an apple. For lunch, she eats another apple, some meat and cheese, a sugar-free pudding and a V8 juice.
The second thing she does: sports. "She’s a bit of a sports nut," her mother, Caryn Hunt, said. "She’ll watch any sport, any time. She loves any competition in sports. But basketball is really her love."
After acting as the Bulldogs’ manager her freshman and sophomore years, Hunt made the team as a junior. Again, her compulsiveness showed itself.
"She’ll sit there and shoot and shoot and shoot," her mother said. "Subsequently, she’s gotten quite good at it."
A 3-point shot is what Judge coach Anthony Alford wanted for Hunt Thursday against Union, the Bulldogs’ senior night. He started the seldom-used bench player, and the Union defenders gave her space behind the arc.
But Hunt, the player who leads her team out of the locker room before each game and leads them again in prayer after each one, fired up a miss and then another.
"If she can just get one," her mother thought as she watched, "I would be so happy."
The girl’s third shot from distance was true, and she took in the crowd’s cheers as she returned to her teammates’ congratulations on the bench.
The Bulldog lead grew over the next three and a half quarters. So with room to breathe, Alford again looked to Hunt -— and Hunt looked for her shot.
One, two, three, four of her next five attempts tickled twine. In total, she finished with 15 points on 5 of 8 from long range.
"She just kept drilling them," Caryn Hunt said about her daughter. "It was really amazing."
The cheers from the crowd grew and grew and grew.
"They were going wild," said Cathryn, the night’s star.
Riverton held the nation’s No. 1 boys’ basketball team to well below its average.
The Silverwolves limited Lone Peak’s offensive attempts by using a time-eating stall that had some wishing for a shot clock.
But the tactic did not keep the Knights from a win. Riverton trailed 12-0 after one quarter. The Silverwolves hit just six 3-pointers, seven free throws, and a single 2-point field goal over the next three periods.Next Page >
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