Nearly four months after the Forsyth Country Day girls basketball team won the NCISAA Class 3-A championship, it had chance Monday night to pick up another piece of memorabilia — championship rings.
"You know it was a nice culmination to the year," first-year Coach Frank Brown said. "We waited several months for the rings. ... Each member of the team had some input into the rings' design. And so it's just a really special way to commemorate the year."
Brown replaced now FCD boys coach Monty Gray after the 2017-18 season and coached the Furies (21-8) to a 44-38 win against Concord First Assembly on Feb. 23 in the state championship at Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh.
"Obviously it was just a really special season for us, not one that we could've anticipated," Brown said. "But this sort of makes that memory real for us and lasting."
The rings, made by Baron, a Canadian company, is emblazoned with co-conference championship title with Greensboro Day, "first-ever" on a banner for its first girls basketball state championship, each players have their numbers, as well as each players' jersey number around the band, Brown said.
The seven blue stones down the side of the ring represent the Furies' seven-game winning streak to end the season.
And to top it off Furies stretch across the top of each ring in blue letters. Brown added the coaches' rings are slightly different than the rings given to the players.
The Furies had eight players on the team for much of the season and called up two JV players late in the season. They had two seniors, Haleigh Kozlowski and Olivia Diaz. Kozlowski will run cross country and track and field at Lynchburg University, and Diaz will play softball at Columbia (S.C.) College.
Another big influence on the team was junior Amira Williams, who transferred from West Forsyth before the start of last school year.
"We were happy to see our accomplishment in physical form, not knowing that we did it, but actually like seeing the fruits of our labor become physical," Williams said. "So it was exciting for all of us."
Williams led the Furies with a team-high 17 points in the state championship game, Kilborn had 11, and Kozlowski scored 10. Williams and Kilborn were named NCISAA All-State players, and Williams was named to the Journal's All-Northwest Team for being one of the top 15 girls players in the area.
Brown said that he would've preferred to have had the rings available for the FCD Athletics Banquet on May 20.
"We actually just got the rings about two weeks ago and then wanted to set a time where we could get all of the team together, and especially for all of those alums now who have graduated and will be heading off to start their athletic seasons soon enough," Brown said. "We wanted to do this while we had their ability to be there."