Now we come to the 1951 girls state basketball tournament. Moravia made it the first time ever. Everyone who could, went to the game. Dad and I scrubbed the kitchen floor, tile by tile, listening to the game on WHO, while mom was at work. Moravia was to play Holstein and it was nip and tuck all the way. Dad and I gave up on the cleaning and just sat on clean tiles with Jim Zabel (I think) broadcasting and listening to his every word. It came down to the last 30 seconds or so. The whistle came for the end of the game and a referee blew his whistle at the same time for a foul on Holstein.
The Moravia forward who was fouled, we though we had lost, and had left the gym floor. The referee finally gave Joyce Hiatt the ball and said, “Shoot ‘em.” We were one point down, so we had to make them both. Joyce hadn’t missed a free throw all year and she didn’t miss those two free throws either. We won by one point.
The girls had the next day free until the day after to play Steamboat Rock, so they went shopping, Younkers seventh floor and all of Penneys, etc.
They did their best against Steamboat Rock but they were too much for us and we went down to defeat.
We were so proud of our girls, and so was their coach, Mel Kupferschmid. He thought the (3J’s) Joan Callen, Joyce Hiatt, Janet Broshar, also Pat Kaster, Verna Harper, Joyce Martin, Wanda Cochran, Mitzi Sawvel, Nellie Duvall, Kathryn McDanel, Wanda Jordan and Carole Broshar were the best ever. Moravia girls went to state twice more. Their stories will come later.