Wildcats honored for first Final Four appearance

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer 

COLUMBIANA – Members of Shelby County High School’s girls basketball team received a standing ovation at a recent City Council meeting for their remarkable season.

The Lady Wildcats competed in their first Final Four game in school history on Feb. 26 before a crowd that included many of their peers and hometown fans.

“This was an excellent team to coach,” head coach Ashley Phillips said. “These girls did something a lot of athletes dream to do: get to the Final Four.”

The community’s support of the team was evident in ribbons and signs displayed outside of homes and businesses.

Although the Wildcats lost to Madison Academy, they earned a place in school history just by advancing to the Final Four.

“We’re very proud of you,” Mayor Stancil Handley said. “We appreciate the hard work you’ve done this season. You instill pride in the city of Columbiana.”

In other business, the council:

  • Heard a presentation from Kelly Davis about a new business, Just a Tish Wine & More, she plans to open at 113 West College St. in Columbiana.
  • Approved a proclamation designating March 15-21 as National Safe Place Week in Columbiana.

•Heard a request from Columbiana Church of the Nazarene for the city to waive the fee for the church to use the outdoor amphitheater at Old Mill Square for a revival service on Sept. 13.