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April 26, 2014

Rick Teverbaugh: Duncan's inclusion makes for special day at Hall

A trip to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is always a good start to any day, and Saturday that was especially true.

The occasion for this visit was the introduction of the women who are a part of this year's class of the Hall.

Every year this is a special event, but this year it is even more so as Alexandria graduate Sabrina Slone Duncan was named to the Silver Anniversary Team.

As is the case with all of the honored former players, Slone's selection is entirely deserving.

She was the heart of the Tigers' team for three if not four years. She was that player that nobody really knew how to guard. The players who could match her strength, could not match her foot speed and quick release on the shot. Those who could guard her on the perimeter couldn't handle her strength inside. And virtually nobody could match her determination and will to win.

Duncan was with her family in New Castle on Saturday morning for the introductions. That family included her son, who was more than willing to talk about his own formidable soccer skills.

"He asked me, 'Does that make me famous,'" said Duncan. "He thinks he's getting his picture up on the wall."

But on the ground floor, at least for the next several months, Duncan has her photo, not on the wall but in a display case reserved for the 2014 Silver Team members.

"It just makes you really think about how quickly the time goes," said Duncan.

The day was really just getting started for the honorees. They all were feted during a dinner and ceremonies in Indianapolis. Included in those expected to be honored at the dinner was Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw.

Another person close to our area who is on the Silver Anniversary Team is Mount Vernon girls basketball coach Julie Shelton.

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