Dec 9, 2010
Pinder Becomes Florida’s Winningest Basketball Coach

FORT LAUDERDALE – Marcia Pinder didn’t know what all the fuss was about.

When the Dillard girls basketball coach was called over to half court after the game the only thing she felt was confusion.

Her team had just completed a 42-33 victory over District 16-5A rival Nova, but it didn’t seem any different than all the other big district wins Pinder has had in her 33-plus years of coaching.

It wasn’t until she was handed a plaque, naming her Florida’s all-time winningest high school basketball coach, that it all finally set in.

“When you’ve been coaching as long as I have, you don’t keep up with the wins and losses. So this was a total shock for me. I need to start reading the newspaper, maybe then I’ll get a better understanding of what’s going on, said Pinder, who improves to 761-165, including five state titles. She passes Don Wallen who went 760-192 with Martin County.

While Pinder wasn’t aware what was at stake at tip-off, her players all knew a win would have their coach standing all alone in the record books and that added pressure seemed to weigh on them in the first half.

Sun Sentinel Fab Five seniors Lauren McGraw and T’Keyah Williams were held scoreless through the first two quarters and Nova’s Khadejra Young scored nine of her game-high 15 points to give the Titans a 20-17 lead at halftime.

But the Panthers (4-1, 3-0) would settle down in the third quarter and finally got their big girls inside going. Williams started posting up and used her 6-foot-2 frame to score six, while Kayla Wright had four of her 13 points as Dillard outscored the Titans 15-2 in the third for a 10-point lead that never wavered.

Clarissa Coddington, another Fab Five senior, led the Titans (4-2, 2-1) with seven rebounds and five steals.
Pinder Becomes Florida’s Winningest Basketball Coach

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE – Marcia Pinder didn’t know what all the fuss was about. When the Dillard girls basketball coach was called over to half court after the game the only thing she felt was confusion. Her team had just completed a 42-33 victory over District 16-5A rival Nova, but it didn’t seem any different than all the other big district wins Pinder has had in her 33-plus years of coaching. It wasn’t until she was handed a plaque, naming her Florida’s all-time winningest high school basketball coach, that it all finally set in. “When you’ve been coaching as long as I have, you don’t keep up with the wins and losses. So this was a total shock for me. I need to start reading the newspaper, maybe then I’ll get a better understanding of what’s going on, ” said Pinder, who improves to 761-165, including five state titles. She passes Don Wallen who went 760-192 with Martin County. While Pinder wasn’t aware what was at stake at tip-off, her players all knew a win would have their coach standing all alone in the record books and that added pressure seemed to weigh on them in the first half. Sun Sentinel Fab Five seniors Lauren McGraw and T’Keyah Williams were held scoreless through the first two quarters and Nova’s Khadejra Young scored nine of her game-high 15 points to give the Titans a 20-17 lead at halftime. But the Panthers (4-1, 3-0) would settle down in the third quarter and finally got their big girls inside going. Williams started posting up and used her 6-foot-2 frame to score six, while Kayla Wright had four of her 13 points as Dillard outscored the Titans 15-2 in the third for a 10-point lead that never wavered. Clarissa Coddington, another Fab Five senior, led the Titans (4-2, 2-1) with seven rebounds and five steals.






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