For the third consecutive year, Moore County High School has a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Miss Basketball finalist.
Moore County senior Sarah Raby joins Jackson County’s Jaycee Coe and Cloudland High School’s Brooke Rhodes as a finalist for the TSSAA Class A Miss Basketball award.
Raby follows Moore County’s Rachel Garland, a former teammate and a two-time Miss Basketball finalist.
A statewide committee of sportswriters selected winners based on performance during the 2012-13 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
After going through the process twice, Garland said the timing of the announcement — smack in the middle of the postseason — can add a little extra pressure.
“Personally, for me it did because it’s your name and you’re not just representing your school anymore, you’re representing Tennessee,” said Garland. “It did put a lot of pressure on you, but you have to be unselfish and realize that you are playing for the team.
“I would instead have rather made it (back) to state like we did my sophomore year. There’s nothing like that. It was the greatest feeling in the world … walking through that tunnel at Murphy Center.”
The announcement was just made on Feb. 13 and the Raiderettes have only played one game since, so the pressure hasn’t seemed to catch up to Raby yet. She set a school record of 14 consecutive free throws in last week’s District 9-A championship game against Cascade, breaking the MCHS record of 12 in a row held by Janet Holt, who was the Class A Miss Basketball winner in 1998.
Raby said she’s comfortable with her role.
“It feels good. I hope I have a chance to win it, but just being a finalist is a very big achievement,” said Raby. “I know there is pressure, but I don’t feel the pressure like I probably should. I just go out there and play. I really don’t think about it that much.”
Read the complete story in the Feb. 21 print edition of The Moore County News. (Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition of The Moore County News)
By ROBERT HOLMAN (Robert Holman is the editor of the Moore County News. He can be reached at email@example.com)