NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Tiffany Longworth’s name has been synonymous with girls basketball in Howard County for nearly three decades. The 1993 Kokomo High School graduate is still the all-time leading scorer in the county – for boys and girls. Already a member of the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame, Longworth’s name will now be etched on the highest pedestal in Hoosier Hysteria as a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Loaded with basketball talent and tradition, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces its 2019 women’s induction class, to be honored at the 18th annual Women’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Joining Longworth will be Meridith (Sanders) Barone, West Lafayette 1988; Sheryl Bonsett, Scottsburg 1985; Kevin Brown, North Judson 1971; Lisa (Furlin) Burnison, Valparaiso 1992; Abby Conklin, Charlestown 1993; Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, Bloomington South 1993; Rod Fisher, Marion 1968; Pat Grimm, Center Grove 1967; Leslie Johnson, Fort Wayne Northrop 1993; Gena Stubbs, Broad Ripple 1985. The Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award will be presented to Lori Culler of Huntington University.
Longworth will forever be remembered in Kokomo as the leader of the famed back-to-back state championship Lady Wildkats squads in 1992 and 1993. In four seasons, the Lady Kats finished 94-7 while winning the two state titles and three North Central Conference crowns.
During her four-year varsity career, she averaged 20.0 points per game and finished with a school and county record 1,936 career points – records that still stand today. She also set KHS career records in field goals (687), free throws (371), assists (531) and steals (413); and single-season records in assists (162) and steals (149). She recorded the only triple-double in Kokomo girls basketball history and scored in double-figures in 91 career games. Her efforts earned her a spot on the 1993 Indiana All-Star team while also being named a Kodak All-American and Indiana First Team All-State.
She continued her amazing career at Penn State University, where she graduated as the program’s career leader in 3-point field goals made (175). A member of teams that were 96-26, they won a Big Ten conference championship, two Big Ten tournament titles and reached the 1995 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. She was named a 1996 Big Ten All-Star and received the 1997 Robin Lombard Award.
Longworth still resides in Kokomo where she is the director of school counseling for Taylor High School.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 18th Annual Women’s Awards Banquet will be held on April 27, 2019. The day’s events will include a free reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon and a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2019. Call the Hall at (765) 529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com/events or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Courtesy of the Sports Journal and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame