LIPAN, Texas A Hood County basketball coach pushed the no pain, no gain speech to the limit.

The mom-to-be started having contractions Friday night. She went into labor, gave birth and returned to work.

Coach Amber Branson rallied the Lipan High School girls after the newest member of her team entered the world one day before the big game.

We were like, 'Oh my gosh, she had her baby! What are we going to do? said Zully Martinez, captain of the Lady Indians. She knew they needed Coach Branson for their regional championship game on Saturday.

Not every woman can just do her job after having a baby, and she did it, Martinez said.

The coach was on the sidelines less than 24 hours after giving birth

Everybody is just calling me names from 'Superwoman' to whatever, and 'You're my hero,' and I just don't feel that way, Branson said.

She was in labor for just two hours Friday with her baby girl, Leslie Telese. By 2 p.m. Saturday, she was back to work, cheering the girls on to victory.

I think emotions and adrenaline kept me going for a while, Branson said.

The new mom took no medicine while delivering her eight-pound bundle of joy.

She's a strong woman and having a strong coach, we're strong players, Martinez said.

Coach Branson has basketball in her blood. She went to the semi-finals for Lipan in 1995.

The Lady Indians play in the semi-state finals this Friday. If they win, they will play in the state championship game on Saturday.

Branson said she will take six weeks off to enjoy her baby after the championships.


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