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Tookes: Tough, but right decision to leave for Lowndes

Antonia Tookes (Source: WALB) Antonia Tookes (Source: WALB)

Antonia Tookes has had nine other schools try and pry her from Pelham since she began coaching there in 2010. 

But going from Class-A to the highest classification in Georgia was too good to turn down. 

"The kids, when I told them I was leaving they cried, and I cried too," said Tookes.

Tookes is a fierce leader, and a consistent winner. 

She's taking those traits over to the Lowndes girls basketball program this off season. 

It's her second gig as a head coach, before Pelham she was an assistant at both Camden county and coffee.

Leaving Pelham was far from easy for Tookes.

She won 5 region championships and a state title in a community that loved and praised her lady hornets. 

The toughest part for her was breaking it to her team.

"It was so hard to leave, basically my kids, because I had a good group coming back and I wasn't looking for a job, they contacted me. And I just figured that at some point you've got to take a good offer and see what happens." -Antonia Tookes

Tookes is taking over a 20-win lowndes team that's fresh off a region 1-7A championship.

She won't officially start until midway through June, but is working on assembling her coaching staff and has already connected with the Vikettes.

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