April 9 editorial: Cardinals pave the way for women

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By The Staff

THE ISSUE: U of L women's basketball team

OUR VIEW: Success delivers a long lasting impact

The final score meant little.

Sure it would have been wonderful for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to have won Tuesday night’s national title game against powerhouse Connecticut.

It would have been a perfect end to a spectacular season for U of L, the program and supporters of the Lady Cardinals.

But the impact of the championship date goes well beyond one game.

U of L’s NCAA Tournament run of 2009 will be felt for years to come around this state as the popularity of girls’ basketball swells.

From the Lady Cardinals character-testing comeback Sunday in the Final Four semifinals over Oklahoma to the title game loss to UConn, this basketball season will go down as one that will change the lives of young girls who found a reason to believe in what has been the impossible.

Kentucky has always been a strong state for prep girls basketball. But maybe now, some of the talent that seems to find its way outside Kentucky borders will be tempted to stay here with programs like Louisville, Kentucky and Western Kentucky.

Maybe now players will work just a little harder knowing the opportunity that could be out there, just miles away.

As U of L displayed with one magical postseason run, there is reason to believe that programs in this state in women’s basketball can compete on a national stage..

- This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.