It did not take long for word to spread when Cindy Richardson quietly won her 300th game as girls basketball coach at Colonial High School over the weekend.
Former Grenadier players, spanning the past two decades, offered their congratulations after Colonial defeated Gainesville 55-16 on Saturday at the Florida Prospects Thanksgiving Classic in Winter Haven.
“So much better than the wins are the relationships I have with those players,” said Richardson, a 1996 Colonial graduate. “They’re basically my daughters and will always be my daughters. It doesn’t matter if they graduated 10 or 15 years ago. They still call and they still come by the house.”
Richardson’s youngest daughter is a freshman on this year’s team. Her oldest daughter, who graduated from Colonial two years ago, was a freshman when Richardson won her 200th career game at the start of the 2015-16 season.
“It’s kind of like it was meant to be that way,” said Richardson.
Richardson, who entered her 19th year at Colonial with a 298-157 record, hoped to get the milestone win out of the way at the onset of the season. But the team’s first two games at home had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Grenadiers (3-0) play at home for the first time Thursday night against Boone (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Colonial will then host East River (3-3) on Monday.
Despite a late start to the season due to the ongoing pandemic, Richardson is excited about the potential of her team this season, and for years to come. Nine of the team’s 12 players are freshman and sophomore players “with a lot of basketball knowledge and experience.”
“This year we’ve just got to be thankful for every game we get to play because it could be taken away any minute,” said Richardson.
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