Two of Gunter’s high school basketball legends — twin sisters Jill Sutton-Dodd and Amy Sutton-Porter — are a part of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches selections for the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The class, which will be inducted during a ceremony on May 18 in San Antonio during the TABC clinic, includes two other players and four coaches.
“These players and coaches in the Class of 2019 are among the best of the best,” TABC Director Rick Sherley said. “They exemplify excellence both on and off the court, resulting in positive impacts on their school and Texas high school basketball.”
Jill and Amy played for Gunter from 1994-1997, advancing to the state tournament in 1995, 1996 and 1997. During the 1996-97 season, they led the Lady Tigers to a 32-2 record and a state runner-up finish. Their cumulative high school record was a staggering 131-9.
Jill was known for her three-point shooting and tied the state tournament record for the most three-pointers made in a game. Amy was named the Class 2A Player of the Year in 1997. Together, they scored more than 5,200 career points for Gunter.
“They were extremely hard workers and deserve all the honors that they have earned. They were extraordinary ball players and truly loved the game,” said former Gunter head girls basketball coach Barry Smith, who coached the Lady Tigers from 1990-2002 and is the program’s all-time wins leader.
Jill and Amy continued their basketball dominance at Texas Christian University, where they were four-year starters for the Lady Frogs from 1997-2001. Jill was named WAC Pacific Division Freshman of the Year, graduated as the program’s second-leading all-time scorer and was named to the all-conference team in three of her four seasons.
Amy finished as the fifth-leading all-time scorer for TCU, earning All-WAC honors all four years. Together they helped lead TCU to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2001 that included an upset of Penn State in the first round.
Former GISD Superintendent Rick Cohagan said: “Programs will often have a stellar player, but rarely do you have two stars on one team… and we did. No one worked harder at their athleticism than they did and what made them great was playing against each other every day.”
Both have continued to make a positive impact on students as they both went into education. Dodd is currently an English teacher at Gunter while Porter is currently an English teacher in the Celina ISD.