Athletes who have gone through adversity could either give up or use that adversity to that athlete’s advantage. Laramie County Community College sophomore guard Gabrielle O’Connor (Colorado Springs, Colorado) is one of those players for the Golden Eagles women’s basketball team.
O’Connor played for Pine Creek High School, where she achieved accolades such as winning an all-state 3-point shooting contest and made the all-state defensive team, before coming to LCCC.
O’Connors debut season was cut short after a broken metatarsal bone in her left foot forced her to sit out her freshman season. Although O’Connor is considered a sophomore, a medical redshirt season allows for a student-athlete to attend classes while delaying athletic participation in order to maintain all four years of athletic eligibility.
O’Connor is off to a running start coming off her redshirt season, averaging 44 percent from both field-goal and 3-point range. The LCCC point guard led the team in scoring against the Wyoming All-Stars, putting up 25 points to lead the Golden Eagles to an 80-71 victory.
“As a team we did really good, hopefully we can keep doing that for the rest of the year” O’Connor said.
According to O’Connor, the team is well bonded, and the level of dedication should make for a good season. O’Connor is currently on scholarship with LCCC and while she technically is still eligible for another season at the school, she said she hopes to transfer to a university after this season. The move would give her three years of athletic eligibility at the university level.