McCutcheon High School sophomore Gabrielle Gary's no-look 3-point shot gets national attention

Gary was trying to put ball back in play

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A central Indiana high school basketball player is getting national attention for a lucky no-look 3-point shot.

Gabrielle Gary, a sophomore at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, was attempting to save the ball from going out of bounds during a Wednesday matchup against Lafayette Jefferson, the Journal Courier reported.

But when she hurled the ball back over her shoulder, it hit the backboard and fell right through the hoop.

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The video on the MTC Sports Network has been replayed across the country, and now ESPN wants permission to show the video on its plays of the week segment on "SportsCenter."

McCutcheon went on to beat Lafayette Jefferson 56-36, with Gary sinking seven of her nine shots from three-point range.

Gary said her shooting record at the game was a nice change of pace.

"I haven't shot well the past couple games, so Wednesday's game was really... I just felt really good about the shot," she said.

Gary is the daughter of Purdue assistant men's basketball coach Greg Gary.


That night Purdue was at home facing Illinois. As Coach Gary was coming out of the tunnel, an usher told him about his daughter going seven for nine from the three-point line and about that amazing shot.

The high schooler told the newspaper that the shot was all luck.

"I don't know any statistics, but if I had to say, it is probably one in a million that this thing went in," she said. "I tried it at practice this morning and it wasn’t even within 10 feet of the rim."

The team's head coach, Jeff Knoy, said the whole team tried to recreate the shot at practice, but couldn't get it in.

"We laughed and joked about it the next day at practice and everybody tried the shot and we all tried to see if we could hit it and nobody could," Knoy said.

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