Coach Donna Cheatham gets 500 Wins PDF Print E-mail

Coach Donna Cheatham recently picked up her 500th win as Warriorette coach with a thrilling 43-42 overtime victory over Madison. She now has 699 at the end of this season. Coach Cheatham picked up her first win at Jennings County on December 9, 1972 with a 32-21 victory over the Lady Panthers. She ended the season with 501 total wins.


That first season of girls basketball at Scottsburg was not an easy time for the program. The team had to practice at the local armory late at night as they were not permitted to use Third Street Gym (now known as Meyer Gym). There were many obstacles in the 70s for women to overcome, and athletics was a big hurdle. Coach Cheatham along with assistant Jean Phillips, GeNe Spinks, Juanita McKinney helped form girls athletics at Scottsburg High School. They faced a struggle getting gym time and also faced resistance from a lot of the male coaches of sports at the time. This did not slow Cheatham down as those early struggles helped lead to early and often success.

The first season of the IHSAA tournament for girls basketball, the Warriorettes advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with an 18-2 record led by Indiana All Star Pam Jones. During her career at Scottsburg, Coach Cheatham as won 14 Sectional Titles, 9 Regional Titles, 3 Semi-State Titles and the 1989 State Championship. She has coached 7 Indiana All Stars at Scottsburg and 1of those was the 1989 Indiana Miss Basketball - Renee Westmoreland whose niece, Zoe Zellers, is a member of this years team.

Coach Cheatham has also been a 2 time coach of the Indiana All Star team - in 1986 while coach at Scottsburg and 2002 when she was coach at Southwestern. She also was State Runner-Up in 1986 at Scottsburg. While at Southwestern High School, she compiled 198 wins, the 2002 Class 2A State Championship and the 2003 Class 2A State Runner Up.

Cheatham began her coaching career at Scottsburg in 1972-73. Her current 2017-18 team helped her with her celebration after getting Scottsburg career win 500!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:46