By CRAIG HALL
Most people are ecstatic when they have one family member on the all-county team for the LeFlore County Tournament.
Two would be better, three would be outstanding.
Molly Wood might be the record holder in having family members on the all-county team after having a grandson and three great grandchildren on this year’s teams at the conclusion of the 84th LCT.
Wood, 80, of Heavener had a grandson, Jordan Terry, on the boys’ team along with three great grandchildren, Ethan Billings of Wister, also on the boys’ team, to go along with Braden Dorsey of Howe and Kaylee Roath of LeFlore on the girls’ team.
Dorsey was also chosen the Most Valuable Player of the tournament in helping the Lady Lions win the championship for the second straight year.
“I was clapping and so excited,” said Wood, who was at Wilburton for Saturday’s championship games and also attended several other games that week. “Tears were rolling down my face. I was so proud of them. Like my son-in-law said, ‘It was well worth going to all those games.’”
Excelling in basketball must run in the genes as Wood was a standout player at Nashoba, where she graduated in 1953. She was a guard and named all-state.
Basketball was much different then, however.
That was back in the 6-on-6 days and Nashoba played its games on an outside court until the school built a gym for her senior year.
After graduating, she played with the Ford Motor Company Girls in 1956 in Dallas.
Her playing days are long over. However she will give the young ones some advice at times.
“I give them advice all the time,” she said. “But I don’t know if they listen.”
She goes to as many games as possible, at least when somebody invites her along for the ride.
“I just feel so good when they ask me to go and they take me whenever they can,” Wood said.
She has nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren with some future basketball players coming up through grade school. Wood hopes to see them when and if they make the all-tournament teams.
“Mother lived to be 92,” she said. “But I don’t know if I will make it that long.”
Wood, who has lived on the east side of Heavener for at least five years, is a big sports fan.
“I like all the sports,” she said. “I like baseball and the Yankees are my favorite team.”
She has been spared the difficulty of watching any of her grandchildren or great grandchildren play against each other as the Heavener and Wister boys along with the Howe and LeFlore girls have not played each other.
If that happened, she was ready.
“I usually just clap for the person,” Wood said, “not the team.”
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