Retiring Floyd County High School girls' basketball coach Cantrell with wife and grandson

Floyd County said “thank you” to retiring girl’s varsity basketball coach Alan Cantrell at the last home game of the season Thursday night.

It was a bittersweet moment for the coach with the best record in Virginia high school girls basketball history. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and a chair “that he never used” on the sidelines from FCHS principal Barry Hollandsworth and Athletic Director Clay Moran.

Then he got the gift he probably cherished most: His team beat Auburn 54-41 to remain undefeated in Three Rivers District play and a favorite to return to the  state playoffs for a fifth straight year.

More photos and story in next week’s Floyd Press.

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