WATCH: Indiana cheerleader embodies everything that is March Madness

Less than two minutes into the second half of Indiana’s loss to St. Mary’s, the game ball became wedged between the backboard and the shot clock (which is about the closest an Indiana shot came to the rim all night.)

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With officials unable to jar the ball loose, they implored the help of the Indiana spirit squad. Turns out, all they needed was the perfect cheer!

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Unafraid of the March Madness spotlight, Hoosier Cassidy Cerny, with an assist from teammate Nathan Paris, rose 13 feet into the air to snag the misplaced ball. As they did so, play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon unearthed a call so instantaneously legendary, Gus Johnson may soon sound like he’s in need of treatment for low-T.

A cheerleader retrieves the ball after it became stuck on top of the backboard in the first round game between the St. Mary's Gaels and the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. 

A cheerleader retrieves the ball after it became stuck on top of the backboard in the first round game between the St. Mary’s Gaels and the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

“Get the cheerleader up!” barked Catalon. That’s exactly what happened as the crowd rose to their feet and a buzz overtook the arena.

“Get her up there. This is how you do it,” shouted Catalon, building ready to explode.

The Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform against the Saint Mary's Gaels during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Moda Center on March 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. 

The Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform against the Saint Mary’s Gaels during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament held at the Moda Center on March 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

“…Now she’s got it,” screamed Catalon, with the same enthusiasm he’d use for a buzzer beater from a Cinderella team. “Ohhh, what a play! The cheerleader saves the day, and it’s her one shining moment. This place is on its feet!”

Never underestimate the power of the perfect cheer.

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