Twenty years after winning the TSSAA state girls basketball championship, members of the 1992-93 Lady Raiders team will take the court together again this Friday evening at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.
Seven seniors played for the 1992-93 Lady Raiders, and looking back it’s not so much the games that have the strongest hold on their minds as the enduring relationships.
“I don’t remember a lot about games. I don’t remember specifics, but definitely the relationships we formed,” said Allison Sain Chumley. “I have friends; we’re in contact with each other all the time, so I think that’s the biggest thing that just really stands out. It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with basketball, but a whole lot with friendships and relationships.”
Six of the seven seniors on the CHS championship team played basketball together at Westwood Junior High. Sain, the only senior from Coffee County Junior High, had been friends with many of her CHS teammates from their time together at church.
Sarah Marcrom McKamey, one of the six Westwood girls, agrees that the relationships with her teammates are the dominant memories from the
championship season: “How sweet that was,” she recalled.
“We had such good friendships,” added Leslie Henley Trussler. “We kind of had a goal. All of us seniors were really good friends. From our sophomore year we worked to win the state.”
And although their friendships extended beyond basketball, their performance on the court was especially memorable. The girls went 24-2 in the regular season—losing twice to White County—and scored an average of 75 points per game. Noteworthy among those wins was a 112-41 blowout of Cascade.
In the postseason Coffee County again lost to White County, but was able to continue competing as the top two teams in the region advanced to the substate. When the state finals finally arrived, winter weather threatened to close the roads between Manchester and the championship game in Murfreesboro.
“I remember thinking, we worked so hard and then nobody could get there,” recalls Holland White Baker.
The team did make it, however, and on March 13, 1993, the Lady Raiders defeated the Oak Ridge High School Lady Wildcats 56-49 in the tournament’s final game…
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