That it could possibly have been almost forty years since the 1973 basketball season began is quite simply overwhelming to me. In fact, I can remember wondering if I would ever be old enough to look back twenty years, and today I’m looking at forty!
The Comanche Maidens found themselves at the girls basketball state tournament once again for the climax to the 1973-74 season with the first round pitting them against their old rival, Waco Midway. The fight was bitter, and it was long (or so it felt), but the final buzzer put the team from Comanche on top, winner of the semifinal game by a score of 49-43.
After the game, it was a celebration for the Maidens (as much as Leta would allow, you understand) who believed they could defeat anyone after the battle they had won against Midway.
Unfortunately, the celebration came too soon. The Maidens lost their final game, coming home with a silver and a very wounded ego. The state championship went to Slaton, a team considered the fourth best in the tournament. However, Slaton was certainly number one that day, beating the Maidens 51-45.
Today all realize that being second in the state of Texas is quite a feat, but you could not have told that to coach or players years ago!