Back in 1973, April Hunt did not realize what she and her teammates meant to Foran High School girls basketball. Hunt was on the first girls basketball team at the school, playing for coach Edna Fraser and doing what she loved.
“I didn’t realize how pioneering and trailblazing our basketball games were,” Hunt said.
40 years later, Foran High School showed its appreciation. On Saturday the School held an alumni game. Even though it’s been a while since that first 1973-74 season, Hunt said she came ready to play.
“I’ll definitely be there with my sneakers on,” she said.
Meg Winfield, who also played on the first team at Foran, attended the game but she said she would probably stay off the court.
“It’s best I just stick with horse or double bounce,” Winfield said with a laugh.
Winfield and Hunt both said Fraser did everything she could to make sure people knew Foran High girls basketball was for real.
“She fought for us,” Hunt said.
Hunt said Fraser took on the Milford Board of Education to get earlier practice times, the girls had to practice at night after the boys, new home and away jerseys, better referees and funding. Winfield said she also kept them in style on the court, getting the first pair of Nike’s for her.
“Only because the size they dropped off fit my foot,” she said with a laugh. “But it was little things like that. We were coming into our own.”
And on the court, Foran held their own. The Lions went to the state quarterfinals in just their first season, according to Winfield. She said Frasor also helped them get to the next level.
“She put us in touch with college coaches,” she said.
Hunt, who is in the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame, went onto play at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She said former Hillhouse coach Edwina Qualls saw her play at Foran and when Qualls got the head coaching job at Wisconsin, she offered Hunt one of her two scholarships.
Hunt and Winfield both said they didn’t realize how big of an impact they and their teammates made on high school girls basketball. However Hunt said back in those days, they always had pride in what they did.
“We walked into there with our heads up and walked out of there with our heads up,” Hunt said.
The same happened on Saturday.