Girls Basketball Coach in League of Her Own

Granbury, Texas, named for a Civil War general, calls itself the town "where Texas history lives."

Some national history lives there too, CBS News Correspondent Steve Hartman reports.

(Scroll down to watch a video of this report)

The most dominant force on the Granbury girls' high-school basketball team is a 5-foot-4, 130 pound senior citizen.

Seventy-three-year-old Leta Andrews started coaching in 1962 and hasn't missed a beat, or a bad call, since.

"It's what makes me tick, I think," Andrews said.

She's lost track of how many games she's coached or trips she's taken on yellow school buses.

"Oh, my, a lot, a lot," she said.

It all adds up to 49 years' worth, and although her hairstyles have changed dramatically through the years she said her coaching style has not.

"I may have mellowed a little bit but not much," Andrews said. "I don't think the naked eye could catch it."

We certainly saw no signs of mellowing or aging for that matter. She can still block out with the best of them and shake loose a defender like dust from a mop.

So what's it like playing for her?

The kids say they vacillate between wanting to strangle her and respecting her.

"I know she's, it's going to help me in life," one teenaged Texan said.

"Whenever a coach isn't yelling at you, that's when they don't care, and she always yells at us, so obviously she still cares," said another of Andrews' players.

Plus, it's hard to complain about success. When we arrived, Andrews had just won her 1,333rd game. That victory made her one win away from becoming America's all-time winningest high-school basketball coach.

Andrews went into her next game like any other, which is to say she coached like it was the most important game of her life. The only difference was that this time it was.

For one brief moment, Andrews had nothing to fix, nothing to complain about, nothing to even say.

She just savored the victory for about 12 minutes then refocused her team on the one thing she says matters more than winning: winning the next one.

And many more wins can be expected in the future. When asked if she planned to retire, Andrews said she hasn't even thought about it yet.

  • Steve Hartman

    Steve Hartman has been a CBS News correspondent since 1998, having served as a part-time correspondent for the previous two years.

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