MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (WYMT) - Rockcastle County senior guard Michaela Hunter will be playing later this summer in the Kentucky-Indiana all-star series, but she wasn't even on the initial list of invitees.
It has been said that in many ways a coach is just like a parent.
"Being a coach, like I said, they're kind of like my children. I always feel like, I was glad that some other coaches knew her potential."
And like a parent would their children, a coach is always on the lookout for their players.
"But I know her and that she would take care of me, and push for me to get to go and try something that she thought that I really could achieve like to play on that team."
So when Rockcastle County senior Michaela Hunter did not receive an invitation to tryout for the Kentucky-Indiana all-star series, Lady Rocket head coach Chrysti Noble took care of her player.
"I just called Mr. Chris (Souder) and just asked him about it," says Noble. "And he just goes, 'I can't believe it that she's not on here.' I said, 'Do you think that she was just left off?' He goes, 'I don't know, but I'm going to see what I can do for you and I'll let you know as soon as I can find out."
"Well when Coach Noble messaged me and told me that I was going but that I wasn't on the list (of invitees), it kind of hurt my feelings," says Hunter. "I felt like people really didn't know who I was."
Noble knew almost immediately that Hunter made the team, but it was almost a week later before Hunter found out herself.
"All week long, I knew of course, and I never did tell her, so I text her to say, 'Well did you hear you got Miss Basketball,' she calls me right back and says, 'Coach Noble, why didn't you tell me?' so I was really excited for her," says Noble.
"I was so excited," says Hunter. "I think (Coach Souder) was shocked that I was that excited, but I was very, very pumped."
Hunter becomes the fifth Lady Rocket to participate in the annual all-star series, and she wants to show that she is deserving of the opportunity.
"I got to go and show them I am just as good as the other people," says Hunter. "I can do it. There are people from Rockcastle County. We're little, but I was still there and I was still good enough to get to play with them."
"I know what she's capable of and what kind of player that she is," adds Noble.
Hunter and the rest of her Kentucky teammates will play game one of the two game series with Indiana on June 14th in Louisville.