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Trimble's Haney Dunaway humbled by induction to Eighth Region HOF
, Courier Sportswriter
Monday, March 10, 2014 11:00 AM
FUTURE HALL OF FAMER: Trimble County’s Marcia Haney cutting down tournament nets during the 1980-81 season when the Lady Raiders won District and Regional titles and advanced to Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen. (1981 Courier file photo)
"I'm very humbled. It's a really big deal. For me, thinking back, all I can think about is my coaches and my teammates because an honor like this doesn't happen by yourself. I was blessed to have such good teammates that helped me along the way." Marcia Haney Dunaway
Marcia (Haney) Dunaway accomplished nearly every honor possible in her stellar high school career at Trimble County so it was no surprise when she was inducted into the Eighth Region Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Dunaway, now superintendent of Trimble County schools, was inducted during a ceremony at the semifinals of the girls regional tournament at Grant County. For Dunaway, the honor is one she will never forget.
"I'm very humbled. It's a really big deal," said Dunaway. "For me, thinking back, all I can think about is my coaches and my teammates because an honor like this doesn't happen by yourself. I was blessed to have such good teammates that helped me along the way."
Dunaway had arguably the best career of any girls basketball player in the Courierarea. A five-year starter at Trimble from 1976 to 1981, Dunaway scored a school-record 2,030 points in 119 games and had over 1,000 rebounds.
During her senior season, she led the Raiders to district and region titles and an appearance in the KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 State Basketball tournament. She was a Kentucky All-Star, East-West All Star and was named First Team All-State by both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald.
In all, Dunaway played on two Sweet 16 teams, the only Trimble County squads to earn that distinction.
"What we accomplished was just amazing when you think about it," Dunaway said. "We were this little tiny school, even more so then, and we were facing Oldham County in the district. Not Oldhams, but one Oldham. There was one Shelby County, one Anderson County. And we were better than all of them.
"I still remember the 1981 district. This was before seeding and we drew Oldham County in the first game," Dunaway said. "And I thought, oh boy. But we beat them and we ended up going to state. Whoever won that game was going to win the regional."
The 2,000 career points is arguably Dunaway's biggest achievement. Even though she played five years and had the benefit of extra games in the season and tournament, the milestone is one that only a few players ever reach.
"And that was before the 3-point line," Dunaway said. "It's not easy. That's a lot of points and I hate to say it, but it's a lot of shooting. I was blessed that I had teammates that allowed me to shoot as much as I did.
"My son Michael (a sophomore at Trimble) told me that he was going to break my record," Dunaway said with a laugh. "Two years later he's not even close and he realizes just how tough that really is."
Dunaway freely admits that one of the reasons she had as good of a career as she did was the presence of her high school coaches. Walter McHargue, who escorted Dunaway during the Eighth Region ceremony on Saturday, coached Trimble through her junior year and Jim Barnes led the Lady Raiders her senior season.
Dunaway minces no words when she talks about McHargue's old-school approach - and she loved him for it.
"He was not nice. Those practices were wars. Three-hour battles," Dunaway said. "Walter was hard but he got the most of you and he prepared you for anything. My junior year all I ever did was practice against boys. I faced a 6-2, 180-pound boy in practice and that's what I had to post up. It made you better."
After her stellar high school career Dunaway headed to Eastern Kentucky University where she was a four-year starter for the Colonels. Upon graduation, she returned to her alma mater where she served as an assistant coach while teaching elementary school. From there she served as TCHS guidance counselor and the district's Director of Pupil Personnel before taking her current position as Superintendent of Trimble County Schools.
Being inducted into the hall of fame has allowed Dunaway to reflect on the past.
"My biggest memory probably was losing my mom during the season. It's sad I know but it's a memory nonetheless," Dunaway said. "It was a very difficult time and she was so young. But I played the next day because that helped me cope, it helped me get through it.
"I remember my dad sitting at midcourt like he did for every game cheering me on. Or my husband Mike, who was my boyfriend then, coming to every game," Dunaway said. "That's what I remember most."
The Eighth Region Hall of Fame is fairly new and Dunaway is not the first Trimble County Raider to be inducted. Former coach J.T. Peniston was honored a few years ago.
Knowing that she is one of the first inductees made Dunaway smile.
"I'm just so humbled. It's very humbling," she said. "It's just such a terrific honor."
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