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April 24, 2014

CHS basketball bids farewell to Edelen

Players recognized at conference, state level


The fond memories were almost too much at the Chickasha High School Basketball Banquet on Wednesday night.

It was, after all, head coach Christy Edelen's last banquet with the girls' team she coached for the past four years. Emotions, understandably, were on show, as was pride in athletes.

On the girl's team, senior Alex Stewart was recognized for Oklahoma Coaches Associated Class 5A All-Star selection, 5A Honorable Mention All-State Team, Third Team Suburban All-Conference, and Large West All-State Team.

Dominique Golightly was also recognized for Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention, as well as First Team Suburban All-Conference Team. Fellow sophomore Taylor Sylvester was recognized for Honorable Mention All Conference Team, and Shandi Jordan was recognized as 2014 senior manager.

There was much talk of the girls' state tournament run, the first of its kind for the program since 1995.

"[The tournament] was a lot of fun and made a memory for these girls," Edelen said. "Seasons take on a life of their own and it says a lot about the resilience of these girls that they overcame hurdle after hurdle. They're all very special to me, to our coaches and to each other."

Among the challenges the girls have had to overcome this season are nine snow days that affected basketball games and player reorganization because of new players, Edelen said.

She said one of her goals for the season was to have double-digit wins and the girls lost 14 games this season, 10 of which were to teams in the state tournament.

"The toughness of our schedule amazes me every single year," Edelen said.

And after the team received their recognition, they decided to turn the tables with a presentation of their own. Edelen was given a signed team picture to take with her as she and her family move to Arapaho ahead of the next academic year.

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