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“I got a call soon after that South Lakes was open, and I jumped at it,” she said.

As a high school coach, she no longer has to travel and can be home in the evening with her family. Not long after that, in the same spot in the same tunnel where she stood on Mystics opening night, she was offered a job with the team as a radio broadcaster.

“I said yes before they could even finish asking me,” Winters-Scott said. “I went on the road with the team a little bit that first year, which was awesome. Even though I wasn’t on the team, I was around to see the funny things that happen on the bus, in the restaurant, in practice; those are the things that you miss. I saw what it would have been like if I had made the team.

“To be so close to it, it was like closure, like a healing for my emotions.”

Officials with the Mystics know what a find they have in Winters-Scott.

“She’s more than just a broadcaster, she’s also a site director for our camps and clinics,” said Greg Bibb, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Mystics and Wizards.

“She knows the game, and she has incredible versatility. She works as an emcee for us; she does color on our telecasts and works as a coach in our camps. Christy has a real gift for teaching, and she’s an incredible asset for us.”

Broadcast partner Frank Hanrahan said that just like a great player would, Winters-Scott makes everyone around her better.

“She’s a blast to work with,” Hanrahan said. “She’s extremely prepared, gives the fans great information and brings real professionalism to her work. She makes my job easier.”

For Winters-Scott, it’s been a journey full of learning, healing and unexpected rewards.

“I know that I gave everything I had to give. If I hadn’t done that, if I hadn’t tested myself and pushed myself, I don’t think the moments I have now with this team would be as rewarding,” Winters-Scott said. “It’s an evolution. Maybe that wasn’t my time, but maybe that’s not what I was supposed to be doing. But, I’ve come full circle and now, I’m finally home.”