December 17, 2001
It has been said that basketball is like photography. If you don't focus all you get is the negative.
Focus has never been a problem for former Lady Racer basketball player and golfer Rechelle Turner, so it should be no surprise that she has succeeded both as a player and a coach.
Turner’s athletic focus was honed at an early age as she grew up first in Reidland and later in Marshall County with dreams of one day stepping on the - floor in Draffenville wearing the orange and blue of the Lady Marshals.
“I didn't move to Marshall County until sixth grade,” she said. "My father was killed in an accident at GAF when I was around four or five years old. My mom got remarried and my stepdad was from Marshall County, so we decided to move there.
“I don’t know if basketball was taken into consideration when we moved, but it ended up being a life changing experience for me."
Basketball was her ”first love." Turner’s parents still have Christmas Videos which show her sister with Barbie dolls while she was playing with Nerf Hoops and Jordan Jammers.
“i started playing basketball in the third grade while i still lived in McCracken County, ’ Turner recalled. ”They didn’t have youth leagues for girls back then, so I played on a boys team. I think things are a little better there now, but back then, they didn’t have organized basketball for girls until about the sixth grade. But I wanted to play and both my parents and the league agreed to let me play on a boys' team.”
After moving to Marshall County, she played for the Sharpe Green Devils and walked on the floor in Draffenville for the first time in the finals of the elementary school tournament.
“Howard Beth was there," Turner recalled. "And back then. him just being at a ball game was a big thing. I remember that he was there along with some of the Lady Marshals watching.
“We idolized everyone that was involved with the program. I can remember going to the games and following them around. And, I thought Mary Taylor, Rhonda Poe, Lisa Jarrett and Shawna Smith were heroes. I remember my mom got me a shirt one time when I was little that said, ‘Future Lady Marshal.' And , I wore that around thinking it was the greatest thing in the world.”