The Sandra Meadows Classic Varsity Girls Tournament, which will be played in Duncanville, Texas, this week from Dec. 27 to 29, is named after the legendary coach at Duncanville High School—Sandra Meadows. Over her career of 25 years, coach Meadows registered an amazing 743–120 record.
While coaching the Duncanville Pantherettes, she won 25 consecutive district championships, reaching the regional tournament 17 times and the final four 10 times. Her team won state championships four times (1976, 1988, 1989, and 1990).
Even more impressive, from Dec. 20, 1987, to March 1, 1991, coach Meadows’ team won 134 consecutive games. This set a state record and tied for second nationally among winning streaks. Overall, her all-time career record was 906 wins and 207 losses.
Sara Hackerott, who assisted Meadows for five years, remembered this simple philosophy used by the legendary coach concerning her players, staff and her own life. “Plan your work, work your plan, the right way, the fair way, every day. If you do these things, you will be successful regardless of any score or outcome.”
Coach Meadows was selected as the WBCA National High School Coach of the Year in 1991 and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990.
Coach Meadows coached girls’ basketball for 32 years . She passed away in 1994 at the age of 59.
Durhl Caussey is a Dallas-based writer covering sports, cars, and life in general.