The love of the game of basketball is what made the late Lorene "Butch" Adams Moore one of the most remembered All American Red Heads to ever take the court. Her husband, Orwell Moore, former owner and coach of the famous women's basketball team, made a special presentation to Riverside School of two large pictorial/plaques and a flag in honor of his wife and in dedication to all girls' basketball teams and players, past, present and future of Riverside Schools.
Craighead County Judge Dale Haas introduced Mr. Moore and gave some interesting history facts about Caraway and the All American Red Heads.
"In 1950 there were 72 businesses in Caraway and it had one of the largest school districts in this area. In 1955 Orwell Moore came to town with his All American Red Heads to make Caraway their home. The Red Heads played 15,000 games losing only 2,000. They introduced 5-man, full court basketball to women and played the first women's basketball game in Alaska. This dedication is for a special champion, Lorene "Butch" Moore. She holds the all time scoring record with 35,645 points in 11 seasons," Haas said.
Moore expressed his love of Caraway and basketball.
"I'd rather be in Caraway and make this dedication here rather than any other place in the world among our friends and neighbors that we love. This tribute is honoring a great lady of sports. She was raised at Hancock and dared to dream. Maybe someone will be inspired when they see these plaques and say, she did it and so can I. She was an inspiration. The Red Heads helped pave the way for girls' basketball in the United States. It took time to get where it is today."
He spoke to the young athletes telling them to "Remember, a failure is only a new beginning."
"Work with your teachers and coaches. Do not look at them through your eyes but through your heart," Moore said.
C.M. and Doyle Olson founded the Red Heads organization in 1936 out of Cassville, Mo.
Orwell Moore started coaching the American Red Heads in 1948 and later bought the team and moved its headquarters to Caraway in 1955.
Mrs. Moore retired from playing in 1958 but never lost her love for the American Red Heads or the game of basketball.
The Moores traveled millions of miles, made friends across the country and pioneered Women's basketball. They stayed with the Red Heads until 1986.
They played all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and Alaska before it was a state. At the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., memorabilia of the All American Red Heads can be viewed including cars, pictures, and uniforms. The Moores attended the June 1999 grand opening of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Moores were guests of honor in March 1998 as they represented the All American Red Heads team at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
They attended the 2000 Millennium Celebration Red Head Banquet in July of 2000 in Jonesboro.
"Lorene was a true champion. She loved the game," Moore said.
Mrs. Moore died April 22 leaving behind a legacy to all future stars.
The plaque has a dedication that reads:
"To all girls' basketball team and players, past, present and future, of Riverside Schools. Records are made to be broken, but a championship lasts forever -- Lorene "Butch" Moore, native of Caraway. Greatest scorer in the history of Women's Basketball 35,645 points."
Mr. Moore said he hopes that the plaque that will hang in the lobby of the Albert Payne Gymnasium at Caraway will serve as an inspiration to all basketball players.