High School: Red Bud High School
Freda Hunt played basketball for the Red Bud Cardinals from 1961-1965. She is best known as the person who broke the state record by scoring 86 points in a single game! This game, a 92-25 victory over Gilmer County, marked an incredible 30-game winning streak by the Red Bud Lady Cardinals who eventually earned a state runner-up title and a 37-2 overall record. The previous single game record of 71 points was set the same season by a Warner Robins player. Hunt went on to score 1,146 points in her senior season alone, and averaged 40+ points per game for her career. Hunt’s single season total would be a significant mult-year career milestone for most players. She was the state championship MVP and a member of the statewide all-tournament team. Freda Hunt was the leader of this incredible group of basketball players for the Red Bud Cardinals.
Ms. Hunt was Red Bud’s Valedictorian and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berry College, and was also selected as a “Dana Scholar”. Freda then went on to earn a Master’s in Education from the University of Georgia and an Education Specialist degree from Georgia State University.
Freda was born to Julia Lou Moss Hunt and Hendrix Lee Hunt in Calhoun, Ga. on November 24, 1947. She entered first grade at Red Bud Elementary at age 5. She attended Red Bud Schools from grades 1 through 12. She has two younger siblings, Michael and Delilah. She married Elvin Glass in 1994.
She began her basketball career in the sixth grade. The junior high schools within Calhoun and Gordon County competed against each other. She vividly remembers her first game experience was an air ball free throw. She loved the game and grew up playing with all her male cousins which is the reason she didn’t “play like a girl”. She remembers her coach, Rex Shugart, taking her aside as a seventh grader and working with her to learn to shoot a jump shot. She was voted most valuable forward of the Gordon County Junior Basketball League as eighth grader.
Freda has played several sports. She has played on many trophy winning softball teams, as well as Parks and Recreation volley ball teams. She played in tennis leagues until sidelined with knee problems. She also played in many team golf championships and was a member of the winning team of the 1997 Women’s American Cancer Society Golf Championship for the state of Georgia. She also clogged and taught line dancing in the community education classes for many years.
Hunt coached basketball at Red Bud (18 years) as well as many other school sports; and was named Teacher of the Year at Red Bud. She has served in many volunteer roles in the community as well. She is an active member of the Retired Educators Association.
Freda’s current activities include teaching all age groups at church, working with Women’s Builds for Habitat for Humanity, playing golf, gardening, working on her cattle farm, making quilts for newborns, baby sitting with nieces, and supporting local charities and mission activities such as SPLASH GORDON (Show People Love and Share Him). Elvin and she completed one item on her “bucket list” which was to participate and complete the bicycle Ride Across Georgia. This ride began in Columbus and finished in Savannah over a time period of one week. They both still ride for pleasure and fitness in the Red Bud community.
She has been an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for 56 years, and has taught Sunday School, VBS and served many administrative and missionary roles.
Freda Hunt is considered by many people to be the finest, and certainly the most famous, athlete in Red Bud High School’s storied sport’s history.