TANNER — It had been talked about since day one when his team walked into the basketball gym to begin summer workouts.

With the leadership of four veteran seniors and a strong group of underclassman, Larry Greene felt it was possible for his Tanner High girls basketball team to have a special season.

As it turns out, it couldn’t have been any more special.

The Lady Rattlers posted a 32-3 record on their way to the program’s first state title in 25 years. It also gave Greene his first state championship in his 602nd career game.

“I felt we could have this type of year if they came in and worked hard,” said Greene, who has been named the 2010-2011 Limestone County girls basketball Coach of the Year. “We talked from day one about how they had the opportunity to do something that hadn’t been done in 25 years, and I think they really took that to heart and tried to accomplish that.”

Sierra Sales, the 2010-2011 Limestone County MVP, couldn’t have agreed more with her coach.

“I really thought this could be our year, with everyone we had come back and the attitude that everyone had,” Sales said. “There was a lot more heart this year than in years past.”

Being selected as the Limestone County MVP was just one of several honors Sales picked up during her senior campaign. Last week, she was named the girls 2A Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. In addition, she was also named MVP of the Northwest Regional Tournament and the Class 2A state championship game.

“It’s really been a blessing going from just the little honors to the big ones,” Sales said.

Sales hopes to continue her career at the collegiate level next fall.


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