POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - The Central Lady Bulldogs will continue district play Friday night against a tough Woodville team. They will do so with the memory of one of their biggest fans.
Linda Cox died on Dec. 24 at the age of 74. Cox was part of Central’s 1959 girl’s basketball state championship team. Her daughter was part of the Central softball state championship team and her granddaughter is sophomore Preslie Turney, a member of the current Central girl’s varsity basketball team.
“For the whole team to see her here was everything,” Turney said. “She didn’t mean just everything to me. She made everyone family.”
Days after her death, the girls were supposed to play in the annual Huntington tournament against Buna. The game was previously scheduled for the time of the memorial service but Central was able to get both Huntington ISD and Buna ISD to agree to move the game up to early in the morning so the girls could play the game and not forfeit.
“That meant so much to my family and to the team,” Turney said. “It was very nice that they would do that for us.”
Formerly Linda Bynum, Cox held one of the more distinct records at Central High School. She made 99 out of 100 free throws. Before her death, she made a challenge to Turney to see who would be the better free throw shooter.
“I am trying to get there but I am no where close to it right now,” Turney said. “I have gone 10 for 10 since her death.”
When the team plays at home Friday night it will be hard to imagine that their biggest supporter is not there. The team will block it out and play as hard as possible because they know Mrs. Linda would want them to.
“It is the least we can do,” senior Madison Shaver said. “Seeing Preslie and how strong she was after her grandmom, she still had the will to play for us, play hard and for her grandmom."