Hometown Report: Oak Ridge grad Sende has emotional, championship season

Preparation for this season was interrupted late last spring. It started with a sorrowful phone call. The husband of the women’s basketball coach atWestmont College in Santa Barbara had died from an embolism (blockage). The coach making that call, Kirsten Moore, was eight months pregnant. On the eve of fall practices, coach Moore gathered her team and insisted, amid tears, that she would work this season, provided she received maximum effort. She also warned she was prone to moments of breaking down. Everyone was on board, including freshman center Lauren Sende from Oak Ridge High School. Sende said it was a moving moment from a coach who asked also that the players become her extended new family. more


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