I recently received an email from my cousin, Lavoy Langley Masters, telling me that the article on Tex Nabors reminded her that her own mom, Ella Davis Langley, was no slouch as a basketball player either!
I’m hoping some of you can help me on the names of these girls. I know that my grandfather’s sister, my aunt Ella who was a guard, is pictured kneeling on the front right of the photo. Lavoy also knew the names of the others, but she did not know which name went with which girl.
Velma H. (guard), Johnie S. (guard) , Kathlene T. (forward), Cleatis H. (forward), Emma W. (center), Jackie F. (center), and the coach was Alice Sloan.
The note from Lavoy: Hi, Fredda, I enjoyed the story about Tex Nabors. It reminded me that you had an aunt who was known as quite a basketball player herself. She played guard. She went to high school in Proctor, and they had a good team. Mother loved playing, but when they started wearing clothing that she felt was “improper,” she quit!
In Comanche, after a game that I played in, a woman came up and asked me if I was Ella Davis’ daughter, and I said that I was. She told me that “she was the best basketball player I ever saw…” I did not think to ask her who she was so I could tell mother. -Lavoy
*Since posting, I’ve been told via comment box below, that the girl in the center, holding the ball, is none other than our Nurse Eades!