During the best season for Flora girls basketball, Kylie Cox got some not-so-good news. She found out she had Type 1 diabetes.
The senior was diagnosed just days before the Wolves' 55-41 regional title win against Marshall, and instead of being on the floor she was receiving treatment while cheering on her team.
Cox, an integral part of the Wolves' season while averaging 9.2 points per game, had a view of the regional win but it wasn't easy to watch. Her teammates kept her a part of the celebration, holding her uniform in the team picture.
But Cox was cleared to play in the two sectional games, scoring six points in her first game back, then providing solid interior defense against Teutopolis while grabbing four rebounds and scoring two points.
While it was far from her best game offensively, Cox was just thrilled to be able to be back on the court and a part of Flora's first sectional final.
"Last week I was in a hospital bed watching the game on a laptop and crying as we won. Now I'm here, oh my gosh," Cox said after beating Teutopolis on Thursday.
She has more on her mind than just basketball now. There's insulin checks and keeping a constant eye on her blood sugar to make sure it's not too high.
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It came into play on Thursday as she had to sit out part of the fourth quarter.
"Every time I eat, I have to check my blood sugar every once in a while," Cox said. "(Thursday), it was really high.
"(It's) nervewreaking. I don't want to be out there and be too high and mess up, and I don't want to sit on the bench and not help."
Flora coach Todd Countryman said he was just happy that Cox has been able to manage diabetes. It's just been a bonus to have her back on the court.
She helps gives Flora (28-3) another post presence on the court, helping draw away attention from Crimson Jones and can clean up on the glass as well.
That will be needed against Bloomington Central Catholic (22-7) today as the Wolves travel to Millikin for a Class 2A super-sectional game. They will be trying to make state for the first time in team history. Central Catholic knocked off defending state champion Champaign St. Thomas More 48-46 to advance.