For those who attend the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., they will see Coweta County resident and former basketball player Macile Wilson Taylor among the inductees.
Taylor, 90, is enshrined in the Hall with her teammates on the Sports Arena Blues semi-pro basketball championship team from 1947. She found out about her enshrinement a few years ago thanks to one of her daughters, and she made the trip to Knoxville see it for herself. She was taken on a tour of the facility and was overwhelmed to see herself and her former teammates regarded as pioneers of women’s basketball.
“It was amazing to see that, and it almost made me cry. They had a big ol’ long wall just for us,” said Taylor, who attends East Newnan Baptist Church. “To think, a country girl from Pickens County who used to run around barefoot all day is in a hall of fame. It’s really touching.”
Taylor said it all started with a rubber ball she got for a Christmas present at age 8 and an old potato basket.
She said she remembers seeing the boys at her elementary school playing basketball on her school’s clay courts and thinking how fun that looked. She soon joined the boys at the game and was hooked.
When her parents asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she said a basketball, but she ended up with a rubber ball the size of a grapefruit. When her father saw how much she enjoyed playing with that rubber ball, he cut the bottom out of the old potato basket and nailed it to a tree.
And just like that, a Pickens County basketball star was born.
“I loved playing basketball, and I had no problem playing with the boys,” said Taylor. “My school had a girls basketball team when I was in the sixth grade, and I was pretty rough on the other girls. I couldn’t help being rough because of all the games against the…