LaFayette has come close several times but always failed to get out of its region tournament. In 2007, the Ramblers were 10-0 in their subregion but were upset in the region tourney by Coosa in a close game.
Rhudy became head coach for the 2015-16 season. She played for the Ramblers in the 1990s and then for Chattanooga State and Bryan College. Rhudy has taught and coached at LaFayette schools for 17 years, and this is her fifth season as head coach.
‘’I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher and coach,’’ she said. ‘’I am blessed that I get to come back and coach at the school I once played for.’’
When her current group of seniors were freshman, the team finished 1-23. The next year, they won four games, and then 12.
This season, LaFayette is 15-11. The team’s five seniors are Marquila Howell, Anna Valle and Nicky Yancy. But the Ramblers have some younger talent that should keep the momentum going. LaTyah Barber, a junior, scored the 1,000th point of her career in the region playoffs last week. She and sophomore Mykeria Johnson made the all-Region 6 team.
‘’My dream is to give my players opportunities that I did not have as a player myself,’’ Rhudy said. “Their hard work is paying off now, and the coaches, school and community could not be more proud of this team that is making history.’’