In Remembrance: Cindy Wiginton Cross, Oma Gean Holt Geis
The Hutcherson Flying Queens Foundation was recently notified that Cindy Wiginton Cross, Flying Queen from 1964-65, died on Dec. 26, 2020.
Cindy grew up and attended Friendship School in Oklahoma and lead her Class B Basketball team to a state championship in 1963. She received a scholarship to play basketball for the Flying Queens at Wayland Baptist College. She played in Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Russia, France, and Germany. While in Lima, Peru, she won their free-throw contest hitting 50 in a row. She was on the USA All-Star team in 1964 and 1965. While on the All-Star team, she won All-American honors in 1964 and 1965.
“I remember my first game flight. It was to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to play the Hanes Hosiery team who had beaten the Queens in the AAU National Tournament the year before by a close margin. This time, we won what was to become the first of 131 consecutive wins. That was the fall of 1953. The next loss would come at the end of the season in 1957 after winning four consecutive national championships. I was there for the first three.”