Kim (Barrier) McGuire never did it for the kudos.
But now she is part of the 13th women’s induction class for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
The recipient of this year’s Silver Medal, which includes Hall of Fame induction, is University of Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw. In her 27th season under the Golden Dome, McGraw has led the Irish to five NCAA Final Four appearances with a national title coming in 2001.
The Hall of Fame women’s awards banquet is scheduled for April 26 at Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.
Indiana’s Miss Basketball in 1986, McGuire set 48 Jimtown girls basketball game, season and career records.
She was a Converse High School All-American who scored 1,827 career points, graduating as Indiana’s third all-time leading girls scorer, Elkhart County’s all-time leading scorer and the first Indiana high school girls to score 50-plus points twice in her career.
McGuire averaged 30.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and shot 52.2 percent from the field her senior season.
She went on to be a two-year captain at Western Michigan University, where she was voted all-conference and team MVP.
She has been an assistant girls basketball coach at numerous schools and is currently serving on the staff at Elkhart Memorial.
Never one to toot her own horn, McGuire is humbled by the Hall of Fame selection.
“Indiana is known as a basketball state,” said McGuire Monday, Dec. 16. “It’s truly an amazing honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and just visiting the Hall of Fame and seeing all of its history is hard to digest that I will be a part of that.
“I played because I loved to play and I loved to win. Records weren’t important. I never thought I would be honored 27 years later for doing what I loved and would have done regardless of any honors or recognition. As a kid, it’s not even a thought, but as an adult, it is the greatest honor imaginable to any Indiana basketball player.”
When McGuire was a freshman at Jimtown, she didn’t realize she was just behind Indiana pioneers.
Just seven years before, the IHSAA staged its first girls basketball tournament. Judy Warren led Warsaw to the title and became Indiana’s first Miss Basketball in 1976.
“I thought it always existed,” said McGuire, who in 2011 was a member of the Hall of Fame’s girls Silver Anniversary team.
That same freshman year, Jimtown coach Gene Johnson took his young hardwood phenom to the IHSAA State Finals, where she got to see Heritage High School star Jody Beerman, the 1983 Miss Basketball.
As time went by, McGuire played in a Plymouth summer college/high school league with Notre Dame’s Trena Keys, who had been a Parade All-American at Marion High School.
“I want to say thank you to my parents (Sharon and Jack Lock) for all their support and to Gene Johnson for all of his time and efforts to push me to become the player I was.”
Though not yet for public consumption, McGuire was able to share the good news with her family.
“They’re obviously all proud,” said McGuire. “I’m pretty modest. I don’t think my kids understood until I got my awards out.”
Tony and Kim McGuire’s oldest son, Markese, plays at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Younger son, Mikal, is a Memorial junior forward.
Awards and records were not the reason McGuire took to the court.
“I now see how big my accomplishments were,” said McGuire.
Other inductees will be 1982 Brebeuf graduate Ellen DeVore, 1984 Southridge graduate Marilyn (Reckelhoff) Dippel, 1982 Warren Central graduate Laura Foreman, Valparaiso coach Greg Kirby, 1987 Seymour graduate Teri Moren, 1987 Fort Wayne Northrop graduate Lori (Meinerding) Morris-DeVries, 1981 Shelbyville graduate Brenda (Kelsay) Simmons, 1979 Center Grove graduate Lisa (Robertson) Wilson and 1986 Huntington North graduate Jenny (Eckert) Zorger.
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