One of the greatest players in Airline basketball history was honored on Friday night following her Lady Vikings’ 61-31 win over Parkway.
Former Times All-City MVP Emily Carter, who led coach David Duhon’s team to the 2006 state championship game, had her number (14) retired during the intermission between the boys and girls games.
“It is a great honor for me to be able to come back her for this award, because it all started for me at Airline,” said Carter, who works in the corporate offices for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Dallas. “Coach Duhon has always been a great support system for me.”
Carter signed with TCU following her senior season, and she is the all-time leading scorer in Airline history with 2,571 career points. She also pulled down 955 rebounds in four years on Viking Drive. But her greatest accomplishment, outside of being the co-Valedictorian of her senior class, was taking the Lady Vikings to the title game after they finished fifth in the district standings. Airline lost the title game to Southwood on a missed free throw.
“I would love to have a state title, but when Emily walked off that court and into my arms crying — I wouldn’t trade that for anything — although I’m sure she would,” Duhon said chuckling. “Her heart was broken that she couldn’t bring us a state championship. But I told her we wouldn’t have made it that far without her.”
Duhon said Carter would forever be a part of his school, as would every player that spent four years in an Airline uniform. “As long as I’m here, they can always come back.”
Airline principal Jason Rowland said Carter has always been a great repsentative of Airline.
“Wherever she has been, she has made us proud that she was, and still is, a Viking to the core,” Rowland said. “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we honor Airline’s No. 14.”
Carter continued her success at TCU managing the highest scoring game in the country her senior season with 43 points against SMU. She ranked 14th nationally in free throw percentage her junior season and ranks third all-time at TCU in converted 3-pointers.
What she saw in the Airline gym on Friday was a game dominated by the Lady Vikings (17-10, 7-1) from start to finish. Airline jumped out to a 21-3 first-quarter advantage, thanks to 11 points from Kei McCoy, who led all scorers with 16 points. Madison Rowland added 13 points, Jasmyn Carswell 12 and Tasha Shiflett 10 for the Lady Vikings. The victory allowed Airline to remain just a game behind Southwood in District 1-5A with two games to play.
Wisdom Watts was a bright spot for the Lady Panthers (3-20, 0-8), dropping in a trio of 3-pointers during an 11-0 Parkway run in the third quarter, while finishing with 10 points.