Milford Mill girls basketball coach DeToiya McAliley might be more excited about getting her second state championship ring than her players are about getting their first ones.
In addition to coaching the No. 4 Millers to the Class 3A championship Saturday night, 40-37 over Damascus, McAliley guided the Millers to the 2005 title.
Today, that 2005 ring is in pretty bad shape. It got run over at a gas station and, at one point, McAliley thought she had lost it forever.
"I was pumping gas and I guess I had lost weight at that point and my ring fell off my finger. I did not know it was gone until I was coming to a game," McAliley said at the press conference after Saturday night's victory. "I called my husband and said, 'Please go to the gas station. It has to be there. It's not in my car.' He said he didn't see it."
McAliley wasn't about to let the ring go that easily. She won it in her first year as the Millers' head coach.
"He said he didn't see it, so I said, 'When I get home, I'm going back to the gas station and I'm going to find that ring,' and we found the ring right next to bay.
It had been run over and her husband asked her whether she wanted to get it fixed.
"I said, 'No,' because I want to get a new one. It's about time for a new one. I don't want to get this old ring fixed, so the ring is hanging up on an old necklace (in her bedroom)."
Now all of the Millers, who finished the season 26-1, will get new rings.
"I wanted a new ring and I wanted them to get a ring. It feels great," McAliley, the 2005 All-Metro Coach of the Year said. "It feels good to step off that floor and know we did this, I did this. This is special. Not very many people can go to college and say they won a state championship... This is an accomplishment."