- The school will retire the former Lady Jackets player jersey number this Friday.
ROCKMART -- Rockmart High School plans to bring one their own back home for a special honor at the end of this week as the Jackets basketball teams wrap up their regular season on Friday night.
During Friday’s home games to end the season against Armuchee, Rockmart High School is planning special honors for Carline Williams Hipps, former RHS and Vanderbilt University standout.
During a halftime presentation on senior night, Hipps’ former number 24 will be officially retired.
Hipps, who played for the Lady Jackets during her 1999-2003 career, remains the record holder for the most career points scored by a Lady Jacket. She was also named the Rome News-Tribune Player of the Year for 3 years, among many other notable accomplishments during her time at Rockmart.
She was also recently announced to be added to the SEC’s 2018 Class of Women’s Legends for her time at Vanderbilt. Those honors will be bestowed upon her and others in the class during the SEC tournament being held February 28 through March 4.
During her four years as a Lady Commodore, Hipps helped lead Vanderbilt to two SEC tournament championships and four NCAA tournament appearances with a 99-33 overall record.
She went on to become a 1,000-point career scorer and evolve into the Dores’ most lethal 3-point shooter in program history. Hipps left Vanderbilt as the school and SEC record-holder in career 3-point percentage (.465), a mark that today ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division I basketball.
Hipps also went on to a very brief career in the WNBA, serving with the Minnesota Lynx before she was cut from the squad in 2008 following her career’s end at Vanderbilt.
These days, Hipps’ isn’t working on the court anymore.
Hipps resides in Nashville as director of business development at Wellspire, handling the medical group’s professional networking and client management.