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Indiana high school honors basketball player Lauren Hill for inspirational cancer fight

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Hill’s Indiana high school, in Lawrenceburg, Ind., retired her jersey number in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer. A banner with Hill’s No. 22 jersey was unveiled during a ceremony, on Saturday, Nov. 22, and Lawrenceburg’s mayor declared it Lauren Hill Week in the southeastern Indiana city. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill gives a thumbs-up as she holds the game ball during her first NCAA college basketball game against Hiram University at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Hill’s Indiana high school, in Lawrenceburg, Ind., retired her jersey number in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer. A banner with Hill’s No. 22 jersey was unveiled during a ceremony, on Saturday, Nov. 22, and Lawrenceburg’s mayor declared it Lauren Hill Week in the southeastern Indiana city. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)  (The Associated Press)

College basketball player Lauren Hill's Indiana high school retired her jersey number in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer.

Hill told the crowd at Lawrenceburg High School on Saturday night that she thought she was simply coming to watch her old team play before the ceremony was held at halftime.

The 19-year-old freshman has gained attention for her efforts to play at Division III Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and raise money to research and treat cancer. She was diagnosed last year and has only months to live.

A banner with Hill's No. 22 jersey was unveiled during the ceremony and Lawrenceburg's mayor declared there would be a Lauren Hill Week in the southeastern Indiana city.