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October 29, 2013

ON THE SPOT: FC's Hinton one tough competitor

Senior’s scrappiness helps Highlanders win coveted sectional title

FLOYDS KNOBS — Every team has a leader who does anything in his or her power to help it win, whether it is to fire up her teammates or sacrificing his or her body to make a critical play.

For the Floyd Central volleyball team, that person is senior libero Brooke Hinton. Last week, Hinton helped the Class 4A No. 6 Highlanders win their first sectional title since 2009, as they defeated Jennings County in last Saturday’s Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional final in three sets.

“She would run into the wall for us and we know that,” Floyd Central volleyball coach Bart Powell said. “We don’t get a whole lot of kids like that anymore. I wish I could say that about all 14 of [his players] would run into that wall. They might run into the wall, but Brooke might get up and try it again.

“She’s been with me for four years and I tell you what, we’ve gone through a lot of hard times together. If she’s [on her game], you jump on her back and ride her as far as you can. She’s just a great athlete. I love her spirit most of the time. This team wouldn’t be where it is without her leadership.”

Hinton also is a key contributor on the Floyd Central girls’ basketball squad. Last season, she helped the Highlanders post a 12-12 record and reach the championship game of the Class 4A New Albany Sectional. Floyd Central lost to eventual 4A state champion Bedford North Lawrence in the final, 54-34.

One of the people Hinton gets her competitiveness from is one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Southern Indiana history.

That person is her grandfather, Joe Hinton.

The former boys’ basketball coach at Floyd Central, Providence and Paoli compiled a 594-339 record during his career, which included leading the Highlanders to Final Four appearances in 1971 and 1989. The elder Hinton was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

He also guided the Floyd Central girls’ cross country team to four straight state championships from 1989-1992 and got inducted into the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000.

After Saturday’s sectional championship match, News and Tribune sports writer Kevin Harris interviewed Brooke Hinton about winning sectional, her competitiveness and her college plans.

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