Imagine you're imprisoned for over a decade on drug related charges. All hope seems lost. But then Barrack Obama pardons you, and weeks after you reunite with family, you witness one of your kids win a Super Bowl, and the other dominate the paint right here in Albany.
Katina Smith is the mother of Darton's star forward Tyeshia Smith, and Super Bowl 50 champion Demariyus Thomas.
Katina missed a large portion of their childhood, and even though she was only recently freed, it's like her and Tyeshia haven't missed a beat.
"Even though she's my mother," said sophmore Darton forward, Tyeshia Smith. She's sort of kind of my best friend at the same time, because I can just tell her anything."
Katina attended Tyeshia's home game for the first time Saturday. And she screamed for her best friend even louder than coach Lea Henry was calling out plays.
"She was so excited today that her mom was going to be here," said Herny. "In fact she gave her (a) Valentine's gift at halftime."
"They told me about how good she plays," said Katina. "But when I was able to come here and watch her at home, it was an experience."
A priceless experience just one week removed from Katina watching her son, Demariyus, win a Super Bowl , which she had to do without her best friend…but why?
"Because I don't like flying," Tyeshia said laughing.
"It has been an awesome experience to have their team to win the Super Bowl," said Katina. "And then to come here and see Tyeshia and her team. And to see them win today is awesome. It is awesome. Like icing on every cake I've had this week."
And momma knows exactly what will help propel the Lady Cavaliers to a great run in the upcoming region tournament.
"She looks down at her leg to get her motivation. So since I'm here in person I hope that gives her the motivation she needs."
If the Lady Cavs chemistry is anywhere close to the synchronous energy between those two, they will have no problem when the region tournament starts on Tuesday right there in Darton Gym.
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