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Autistic Basketball Player Steals the Show

Brooke Kirby plays her first game after three years as team manager

The DeSoto Dragons (DeSoto, Mo.) call Brooke Kirby, who has autism, their missing puzzle piece. On Tuesday night, that missing piece went from team manager to the starting lineup. 

Kirby, who has been the team manager for three years, played in her first JV girls basketball game against Fredericktown. The gym went crazy when she was introduced with the starting lineup, as documented by Fox 2 in St. Louis.

DeSoto won the game 42-28, with Kirby scoring the team's first basket, and six points total.

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"You could be having a real rough game, a real rough practice, she`ll come up and give you a hug," coach Kim Kingsland told Fox 2. "It just puts things in perspective a lot."

Fans wore T-Shirts with Kirby's name spelled out on puzzle pieces on the front, and the phrase "What’s up Toots?" on the back (Kirby is known for calling everyone “Toots”).

It was a game Kirby will never forget; her own "missing puzzle piece."



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