Lady Warriors Receive Their Championship Rings

Franklin High School Lady Warriors display their championship rings on June 10.

The Franklin High School Lady Warriors basketball team received the final memento of its historic 2018-19 campaign on June 10: the championship rings.

Holding an intimate dinner for team members, coaches and family at the Chimney Rock Inn, the girls celebrated each other one more time.

The rings – cast in silver and studded with sparklers which form the base for a large, Warrior-blue “F” – were encased in lighted boxes the girls opened together.

End-of-Year awards were also given out to players by Coach Audrey Taylor.

The first award went to Keona Schenck for being the team’s defensive MVP.

Schenck was always assigned to guard the best player on the opposing team, Taylor said, “never hesitated, brought it every single game, never got emotional when people scored on her but just kept at it, stayed the course.”

Diamond Miller, to whom Taylor gave the MVP Award, was “the player who made the most impact this year, on both ends, offense and defense … she’s consistent, she works hard, I don’t think many people know the level of work that this child puts in because she’s been rewarded in all kinds of ways and she deserves that.”

In giving Tiana Joy Jackson the Warrior Award, Taylor said she “shows character, is selfless, puts herself behind the team, the team comes first, is willing to do all the dirty work, is very consistent in practice, has been a very very strong leader for us this year.”

Taylor had another gift for Jackson, a journal.

Taylor said that she and Jackson had gone on speaking engagements together, and said that Jackson was always willing to stand up in front of students and coaches and parents “and tell her story.”

“I got you this journal as a reminder to always kind of push yourself forward to be a leader, so for you, for showing up, always encouraging those young folks, very very proud of you,” Taylor said.

This is the moment when the team opened their ring boxes:


Here are some scenes from the evening:

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