Pantherette head coach Cathy Self-Morgan joined seven other legendary coaches and standout players as the 2016 inductees into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The newest members were inducted during a banquet at the El Tropicano Hotel on May 21, 2016, in San Antonio at the annual Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Clinic.
Joining Cathy Self-Morgan was Judy Beasley, Andre Boutte, Roy Garcia, Lonnie Gaylor, Carl Owens, Wayne Tipton and Skip Townsend.
“These men and women exemplify the best that Texas Basketball has to offer both on and off the court. Their legacy will be long remembered for years to come,” said TABC Director Rick Sherley.
She led the Pantherettes to the State Championship in 2003, 2012, 2013, and 2016. Her Duncanville teams have made it to the playoffs every year.
From 2012 to 2014, Coach Self-Morgan’s Pantherette teams won 105 consecutive games. Coach Self-Morgan reached her 1000th career win during the 2014 – 2015 season.
Information on the other inductees:
Beasley led the Hawley High School girls to the state tournament for three-straight years – 1959 to 1961 — while averaging 43.1 points per game in state tournament games. She scored 3,956 points in her four-year varsity career.
Boutte led Beaumont’s Hebert High School to back-to-back state championships as a player, and in his 21-year career as a head coach, he won state titles at Port Arthur’s Lincoln High School in 1991 and 1995 and Beaumont Ozen High School in 2001.
Garcia coached for 43 years winning 712 varsity games. He spent 29 years of his career at Mission, where he won 666 games. He later came out of retirement to start the program at Pharr San Juan Alamo Southwest.
Gaylor has more than 40 years in education, with 34 as a head coach. He won more than 700 games and his 1996 Graham High School team was a state finalist. Gaylor served as TABC president in 1997-98.
Owens won the class-A state championship at Kennard High School in 1973 and a total of 809 varsity games during his 37-year career. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Hall of Fame for his years at Harlingen High School.
Tipton guided three different teams to the Final Four, winning state titles in two appearances. His state titles came at White Deer High School in 1962 and Gruver High School in 1966. He coached both boys and girls many of his 25-year career before passing away in 1983.
Townsend won his 1000th game in 2014-15 season. During his career, he has captured seven state titles, including six state titles in 10 years at Brock High School (2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011). His seventh title occurred this past year as the coach of the Argyle High School Lady Eagles.