St. Charles’ Pokey is in the limelight
We watched the gal from Ama grow up, dribbling down the court in recreation basketball and on Hahnville Junior High and Hahnville High School teams.
Then she went off to LSU and continued that prowess as the state school was building a championship record in women’s basketball. She graduated from college but didn’t leave the court. She continued as assistant coach and then as head coach of her team.
Now Pokey has continued what is becoming a tradition in women’s basketball at LSU. After championing the Elite Eight with a heart-thumping 62-59 win over Stanford Monday night, her team will enter the Final Four in Boston next week.
This will be the third straight Final Four for the Lady Tigers. The first one was played with of Sue Gunter as head coach who retired after an illness when Pokey took over.
Adding brightness to the glow is the fact that the men’s basketball team at LSU will play its first game in the men’s Final Four Saturday night. It will be the seventh time in history the same school has provided teams in both men’s and women’s Final Fours. Only once in those years have the two teams from the same school won both games.
It looks good for the two LSU teams this year. They both beat major opponents in getting to the Final Fours. They stand a good chance of making history.
Besides having an interesting name, Pokey has a face that can mislead the viewer. Sometimes she looks sad when her team triumphs but she says that is deceiving. Underneath, she is proud of her team and happy about their successes.
It’s been a while since Pokey led her teams to victory in St. Charles Parish. But her coaching in nearby Baton Rouge makes us feel that she is still one of us and our most prominent citizen.
Here’s wishing her continued success in her young career. We’ll be watching and cheering for the gal we knew long ago as a champion on the court and off, as well.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
J.D. Bankston was among the Luling Volunteer Fire Department’s first volunteers who...
While the declining petroleum industry continues taking a toll on the Louisiana...
Resurfacing the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge deck isn’t just a $24.5 million upgrade,...
Sandra Washington of Destrehan is the coordinator of the Youth Empowerment...
Roxanne Wilbon beamed as her son, Gerald, donned a University of Texas hat and made...
The Des Allemands man accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the 2014 Louisiana...
Craig's Barber Shop has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We do men, women, and children's haircuts. Come in and enjoy that unique barber shop experience! Walk in and relax a while with Craig, Cheryl, and Angel!
Police chase causes school lock down - 4096 views
An attempted traffic stop by Louisiana State Police on I-310 turned into a police chase and school lockdown at about 10:43 a.m. today (Feb. 4).