Sports Illustrated: Flying Queens

FROM THE VAULT

When Sports Illustrated wrote a story on the Flying Queens

BASKETBALL'S FLYING QUEENS

Dec. 9th, 1957

The world of girls’ basketball has never, until now, seen anything like this attractive winning crew—the Hutcherson Flying Queens of little Wayland College in Plainview, Texas. Descending from the skies in Beechcraft Bonanzas (hence the “Flying”) to meet their hapless opponents, the team has won 104 consecutive games and four straight national women’s Amateur Athletic Union titles.

To keep to their schedule in the South and West and occasionally in Mexico, the team is ferried in planes provided by Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hutcherson, Plainview ranchers who foot the bills for the Queens’ expenses. Headed for more titles, with three replacements for graduated members of last year’s champions, the ’57-’58 team members are Jan Wiginton, Patsy Neal, Peggy Alexander, Carla Lowry, Margaret Odom, Carolyn Miller, Joyce Kite, Louise Short, Judy Bugher, Kaye Garms, Belva Ramsey and Mora Poff. Louise Short and Kaye Garms have been selected for this year’s All-America team.

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