The Season

n Clinton's girls came onto the floor hyped up and ready to put a whipping on the little Ingomar team that awaited in the 1962 Grand Slam final.

Naturally, the Lady Arrows scored the first bucket of the game.

"In the first minute or two, the game was over," Jane (Adair) Cole recalled.

Over for Clinton, that is.

Ingomar knocked Clinton in the mouth and rolled to a 76-53 win and the school's second Slam title in five seasons under coach Kenneth Robbins. The Falconettes hit 26 of 28 free throws, and Cole scored 32 points.

Cole, a two-time all-state selection, credited her team's depth with wearing down Clinton, along with most other opponents.

"Our subs that went in, they could carry on," she said.

One of those subs, Brenda (Fooshee) Williams, said "most of Union County" was in Jackson for the title match.

When it was over, Ingomar's celebration consisted of Robbins giving each player an orange and telling them to go to bed.

"The team we defeated was staying at the same place we were," Williams said, "and they were out having a party."

That was just how Robbins and his girls worked.

"I think it was dedication, sacrifice," Cole said. "Whatever the coach told us to do, we did."

Grand moments

n Ingomar's lone loss was by one point to Pope, which was eliminated in the opening round of the state tournament. Pope's players then stuck around and cheered on the Falconettes. ... Helen Young and Betty Medlin joined Adair on the 1962 all-state team. ... Over the 1960-61 and 1961-62 seasons, Ingomar was 96-2. ... Cole is the sister of Harry Adair, who coached Hatley's girls to three straight Grand Slam titles in the 1970s.

Brad Locke

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