The girl’s basketball team at Corry Middle School made history last week in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association record books, winning the small division West Tennessee Sectional Championship.
by Andre Mitchell
Special to the Tri-State Defender
History has taken on another spelling: C-O-R-R-Y.
The girl’s basketball team at Corry Middle School made history last week (Feb. 10) in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) record books, winning the small division West Tennessee Sectional Championship. The Lady Eagles pounded Weakley County’s Martin 44 to 27.
| The Lady Eagles of Corry Middle School were dominant in winning the Small Division West Tennessee Sectional Championship. (Courtesy photo)|
Since then, several middle schools, including Moore County (2007), Lara Kendall (2008 and 2010), Ridgemont (2009), and Middleton (2011) have gone home as state champs.
For the record, the Lady Eagles are: Nicki Ashby, Brianna Boyd, Troniece Davis, Teresa Flowers, Shocoria Hill, Pam Livingston, Pam Owens, Bianca Tate, Darneshia Tate, Diamon Thompson and Stephanie Turner. They were led by tournament MVP, Tesia Thompson.
The Martin team was deep and heavily supported, but Corry led from tip-off to the final buzzer and was never really threatened. Thanks to some sharp shooting early by Boyd, Tate and Thompson and solid guard play by Turner, the Lady Eagles were up 23 to 7 at the half and glided back to south Memphis with another championship plaque to add to their trophy case.
For head coach, James Walker, and his Lady Eagle players, the season has been extraordinarily successful in terms of basketball. The same core of young student athletes also excelled to championship heights in volleyball as well.
More importantly, they completed a successful season with a host of good memories and valuable life lessons.
According to Coach Walker, it has been a total blast watching for him to watch his girls mature, on and off the court. The most challenging thing, he said, was getting everyone to put aside differences to accomplish the common goal of winning a championship.
“Winning the city championship and earning the ring is most rewarding,” he said, crediting the team’s success to the fact that they placed God first by praying before every practice and game. They also worked on team building that provided opportunities for the young ladies to gain each other’s trust.
Walker said he filled the role of a sincere father-figure and treated the girls as if they were his own.
Asked what three factors he attributed to his success, Walker said, “My mentors, Issac Peterson, who was my high school coach, and Arthur Fielder (who was his coach in Junior college). Coach Peterson helped me become a more competitive athlete and Coach Fielder encouraged and gave me an opportunity to show my skills.
“My grandmother helped to motivate me because I always wanted her to be proud of me and I refused to let her down,” he said.
Walker hopes that his players learn how to be disciplines and he admits that during season he learned to trust some of their decisions on the court. Ultimately, his desire is to have his players become successful throughout life and to give back to others.
As for Walker, he wants to continue coaching and trying to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.
Great work, Coach Walker and Lady Eagles of Corry Middle School!