1984 Belfry Lady Pirates team to be honored Saturday

By Kyle Lovern

February 13, 2014

Belfry High School will be honoring the 1983-84 Lady Pirate’s State Runner-up basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 15th, between the girl’s and boy’s games.

I guess I’m showing my age, but that was my first venture into the newspaper business.

I was young and inexperienced, but I loved basketball. So that helped.

I covered that Lady Pirate’s team 30 years ago, coached by Paul Dotson and his former wife Delores Dotson.

The year before, I had worked as a sportscaster at WBTH-WXCC and had did some of their games on the radio

That squad was an outstanding basketball team and one of the first girl’s teams in the area to have a lot of success. They were the first Belfry team to make it to the Sweet 16, which was played in Richmond, Ky. at Eastern Kentucky University.

This Lady Pirate’s team rolled through the district and regional tournament. They made history by becoming the first team from the 15th Region to win a game at the Sweet 16.

The starting lineup of that team was Kathy Spinks at center, Cindy Stuart and Sissy Charles at forward and sisters Sabrina and Tammy Tussey at the guards, while Geanine Fluty came off the bench to contribute.

Spinks went on to play at the University of Tennessee for the legendary Pat Summit and won a national championship. Stuart played for a while at Tennessee Chatanooga, Charles and the Tussey’s played at Pikeville College.

The team lost a heartbreaker in the finals to Marshall County in the championship game.

However, this Lady Pirate’s team from 1984 is arguably the best to ever hit the hardwood for Belfry High School.

(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civtasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)