Flying Queens have great season, but miss out on Hall of Fame

Flying Queens have great season, but miss out on Hall of Fame
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PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - When you think of Plainview, Texas, you probably think of Jimmy Dean, or the Walmart Distribution Center.

But there is an athletic program that has been on the map for a long time, and just wrapped up an outstanding season where they made it to the Final Four.

"Not only did they want to win the National Championship, they did what it took," Flying Queens Head Coach Alesha Robertson-Ellis said. "Even though we didn't win it, they gave themselves a good chance to do it and they were going to do whatever it took to get better."

But before this year's team was even a thought, the Hutcherson Flying Queens from 1953 through 1959 laid the foundation for what we know as women's college basketball today.

"We were lucky to get players from around here," Harley Redin said.

They are the winningest team in all of women's college basketball, and were the first program to offer full basketball scholarships to women.

"When we started out with girls, I thought they needed scholarships, too," Former Flying Queens Head Coach Harley Redin said. "I talked to the college, and those girls were great students. Nearly all of them, and I think that is a good reason why they were great ball players. Because, they were smart and had a real intent to play basketball and getting a degree."

Just 10 days ago, the Flying Queens were on the ballot for the Naismith Hall of Fame, but for the third straight year they didn't receive enough votes to get in.

With two years of eligibility left, Coach Redin, now 98-years of age, thinks the team still has a shot to get in.

"The Naismith Hall of Fame people have been so nice to us," Redin said. "They have helped us any way they can. But all they can do is count the votes, and enhance the program any way they can."

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