Ginny White set to join Carter County Sports Hall of Fame at Milligan University

Published 10:46 am Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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BY C.Y. Peters

On May 18, the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame will welcome a new member as Ginny White, a distinguished athlete and coach, is set to be inducted at Milligan University. White’s journey through the realm of basketball has been marked by excellence, commitment, and an enduring passion for the game.

White’s legacy traces back to her formative years as a four-year varsity player for the Lady Bulldogs, from 1997 to 2001. Throughout her tenure, she demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication, earning her place as a full-time starter and an integral part of the team’s success. Over 130 career games, White left an indelible mark with more than 600 career points and an impressive 528 assists.

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Her skill on the court didn’t go unnoticed, as White garnered recognition as a three-time All-Watauga Valley Conference honoree and a three-time All-Carter/Johnson County honoree, solidifying her status as one of the region’s top talents. Notably, she played a pivotal role in leading the Lady Bulldogs to their first three state tournament appearances, contributing to the team’s stellar record of 111-21 during her tenure.

Following her illustrious high school career, White continued her basketball journey at Milligan College, where she excelled as a four-year starter from 2001 to 2005. As a key player for the Milligan Buffaloes, she consistently led the team in assists and showcased her scoring ability with 17 double-digit scoring games during her upperclassman years. Her senior season was highlighted by a standout performance against Alice Lloyd, where she recorded eight assists, a feat that remains carved in Milligan’s record book.

Beyond her achievements on the court, White’s impact extended into the realm of coaching, where she shared her knowledge and passion for basketball with younger generations. Following her college career, she embarked on a coaching journey that began at Little Milligan, where she served for two years from 2006 to 2008. Subsequently, she spent the next 15 years at Hampton Elementary, leaving an enduring legacy as a mentor and leader both on and off the court.

As White prepares to be enshrined into the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame, her induction serves as a testament to her enduring contributions to the world of basketball. Her journey, characterized by excellence as a player and dedication as a coach, exemplifies the transformative power of sports in shaping lives and fostering community. For Ginny White, May 18 will mark not only a personal milestone but also a celebration of a lifetime devoted to the game she loves.