Judy Burns Powell
Marion High School | Bradley UniversityNearly 30 years after her graduation, Judy Burns Powell remains one of Grant County's most accomplished girls' high school basketball players. Her shooting and ball handling skills led the Marion Giants to back-to-back state Final Four appearances in 1980 and '81 and three highly successful seasons at Division I Bradley University in Illinois.
Burns Powell also played in the IHSAA individual tennis state finals in 1981, and she was a standout softball player. Yet, it was on a basketball court where she really excelled. In her final two seasons, Burns Powell led the Giants to unbeaten regular seasons both times and Marion's only two North Central Conference championships. She was the first girl at Marion to score 1,000 points, and was named to the Indiana All-Star team in 1981.
At Bradley, Judy was an Academic All American. Burns Powell still holds several records at Bradley including most points in a game (38) and is the school's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,544 points. An injury prevented Burns Powell from playing her senior season. She was the first female inductee into the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2006, Judy was selected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team.
Burns Powell and her husband Mike have one son, Cory, they reside in Marion where Mike is superintendent for Mississinewa Community Schools.