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‘You don't stop being supportive when there is a bump in the road'
Town and family stand behind player
Through the good headlines and the bad, Jenna Plumley's relatives and hometown say they suppo

by Bryan Painter Modified: July 19, 2008 at 12:16 am •  Published: July 19, 2008
RED ROCK — A 2007-08 University of Oklahoma women's basketball poster schedule is taped to the glass entrance of the central administration office at Frontier School.

Included in the photo is 2006 Frontier High School graduate Jenna Plumley, who has generated many positive headlines for the school and the town.

Friends and family, at the school and in Red Rock, said Friday they plan to fully support her through the bad ones as well.

In town
In the town of about 290 people is The Rock, an activity center affiliated with the Otoe Baptist Church, offering young people a place to hang out, play games and enjoy food a few days a week.

Albert Plumley, one of Jenna's three brothers, works at The Rock.

"This town's very supportive of her,” he said. "I haven't heard any bad comments about it. I've just heard supportive comments like they will pray for her.

"As a Christian, I've really been praying for my sister. Everybody has their downfall, and we all make mistakes. It's just a part of life we have to get through.”

What's reaction at school?
Just outside town is Frontier School. About 400 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade come from the Red Rock and Marland areas to attend classes there.

"You don't stop being supportive when there is a bump in the road,” said Frontier Superintendent Terri Taflinger. "That's when you're needed more, whenever we face some challenges.”

Jenna Plumley is part Pueblo, Comanche, Otoe and Pawnee. Jenni Carlson wrote in a 2006 story in The Oklahoman that only 0.5 percent of Division-I women's basketball players are American Indians.

"It is certainly unfortunate that this incident has taken place for Jenna and for the University of Oklahoma.” Taflinger said.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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At a glance
Suspension: Jenna Plumley was suspended on Thursday from the Oklahoma women's basketball team for the upcoming season by head coach Sherri Coale. The coach said in a statement that during a meeting within the past two weeks a plan was outlined to address concerns with Plumley. Coale added that the expectations were not met.

Arrest: Plumley was arrested Monday in Norman on a petty larceny complaint, accused of trying to take four cosmetics items valued at $34.65 from Walmart in Norman.

Scholarship: Plumley will retain her scholarship and can return to the team during the 2009-2010 season.

"Everybody has their downfall, and we all make mistakes. It's just a part of life we have to get through.”


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