Hannah Parsley-Rudi Named to RHSSHOF

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Hannah Parsley-Rudi
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Former Cougar standout athlete Hannah Parsley-Rudi, Rector High School class of 2008, has been named to the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2018. She will be inducted at the annual RHSSHOF luncheon on Sept 1. The other inductees this year include former Blackcat Jim Speer, of the RHS class of 1974, and Cougar standout Jimmy Greenway, Clay County Central class of 1992.

In the March 26, 2008, issue of the Clay County Democrat, the late Ryan Rogers eloquently summed up the career of Hannah when he reported, “in her senior year, Parsley was one of the most dominant players this area has ever seen in girl’s basketball.”

Her high school coach concurred, offering “Hannah's just a special player. She works extremely hard to be the best she can. Scoring 1,000 points in her career just goes to show how hard she works and what she's meant to this team."

Her college coach, at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, also had high praise and he noted Hannah was, “in an elite group of Lady Lions who scored over 1,000 career points.” As she had 1,031 to her credit.

Hannah also racked-up the accolades, and points, as a Lady Cougar on the hardwood for RHS. During her high school career she scored 1,302 points, averaging just over 15 points a game.

As a sophomore in 2005-2006, she scored 173 points in 20 games, averaging over eight and one-half points a game. She was 23 of 55 from the field, and 31 for 100 from beyond the arc, as she carried about a 35-percent overall field goal average. She also completed 34 of 54 free throws for a 63 percent average.

As a junior, she was named All-Conference, All Region and All-NEA Tournament team. She was also chosen as Best Under the Sun. Along the way she contributed 437 points to the Lady Cougar 34 game campaign, averaging just under 13 points per game.

Rudi was once again All-Conference, All-NEA and Best Under the Sun as a senior, and added an All-State selection to her credit. During the year she scored 629 points over the course of a 32 game season, averaging 21.6 points per game. She was 147 for 235 from the floor for a 63 percent average, and 83 for 210 from three-point range for an outstanding 40-percent average, while posting an overall field goal average of 50-percent. She added 94 rebounds, averaging nearly three per game, and an additional 69 assists for a 2.16 average per game.

She also turned in several dominate performances, scoring 40 points against Maynard; 39 against Earle; 33 against Piggott, 31 in a game with Tuckerman and 30 in a game with Bay.

Hannah took her game to the next level at Freed-Hardeman University, where she passed the century mark in scoring and was an All-Conference selection as a senior. She scored a career-high 31 games in a contest her freshman season, and still ranks seventh all-time for career three-pointers made by a Lady Lion.

Looking back on her junior year Hannah commented in the Democrat, "I just look at it as wanting to be the best I can. In order to do that, I have to work at it. You can't just show up and be successful. It takes a lot of time and work."

Certainly Hannah's work ethic paid-off for her, especially as far as athletics are concerned, as she would have five more years of success as evidenced by the data above.

Rudi, Greenway and Speer will be inducted during the traditional ceremony at the RHSSHOF luncheon, set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, in the Rector High School gym.

During the special gathering, immediately following the luncheon, each of the inductees will be presented with a plaque. During basketball season, a special ceremony will be held in which the plaques are deposited in the trophy cases in the RHS gym.

In addition to the luncheon and ceremony, the annul golf tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 31, at the Kennett Country Club. Details on the golf tournament may be obtained by contacting Michele Haley at 870 240-5064 or Michael Lindsey at 870 240-3257. Meanwhile, information concerning the induction ceremony may be obtained by contacting Owen B. Moseley at 870 935-4039.

The golf tournament, and induction luncheon, are held each year as fundraisers for RHSSHOF, with the monies generated directed toward assisting all of the programs associated with Rector High School.

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