Legendary coach misses shot with Women’s Basketball HOF induction

Evelyn Blalock was not one of the remaining six inducted on Sunday for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. Blalock started the Kilgore College women’s basketball program in 1979, and spent a total of 18 seasons benched for the Lady Rangers. Her first KC team finished 17-12, followed by seasons of 16-16 and her lone losing season with the Lady Rangers (14-18 in 1981-82). KC returned to the national tournament two years later, finishing 35-2 and again winning the championship.

After placing fourth nationally in 1990-91 with a 25-6 record, Kilgore went 15-7 in 1991-92 and then won Blalock’s third national championship a year later with a 26-5 record in 1992-93.

Blalock’s final season was 1997-98, and her team finished 16-12 to give her a 408-166 career record with the Lady Rangers. Following her leave of KC, Blalock was an assistant coach at the University of Georgia for the 1988-89 seasons before returning to East Texas to coach at Spring Hill High School, where she led the Lady Panthers’ golf team to three straight appearances at the UIL Class 3A State Golf Tournament – capped by a third-place finish in 2006. On Jan. 16 the former coach was nominated as one of 12 finalists for an induction back

Of the finalists, Official Sally Bell, contributor Christine Grant, coach Rick Insell, veteran nominee Louise O’Neal and players Sheryl Swoopes and Kara Wolters were selected for induction in June in Knoxville, Tennessee.