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1976-1977 School Year
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1976-1977 Varsity Women’s Basketball Team: Front Row: Tammy Cowan, Joan Thompkins, Sue Hodges, Elma Bailey, Terri Cowan, Kelly Firesteel, Becky Fliflet. Back Row: Head Coach Kirk Nelson, Lenore, Robertson, Connie Peterson, Debbie Baardson, Pam Finch, Shannon Jones, Dawn Johnson, Anita Rindfleisch, Kelly Quigley, Marie Janey, Kim Tellinghuisen, Patsy Rindfleisch

The 1976-77 Women’s Basketball team was the best in the short history of women’s basketball at South.  The Tigers set records for most wins, finishing with an 11-6 record.

The Tigers opened the conference season against Central on December 9, 1976.  The game was a back-and-forth contest until the end, when the Tigers pulled away for a 34-27 victory.  The second conference game was against West.  South had control of the game from the opening tip and won easily 53-24. The Tigers won their third game in a row against Edison.  The 43-39 game was a nail-biter.

The new calendar year brought more success. The Jan. 6 game against Southwest went down to the wire.  Southwest won by the slimmest of margins, 60-59.  The loss must have given the Tigers an extra push because South easily beat Henry in their next game, 62-30.  Roosevelt gave the Tigers some problems, but the Teddies eventually fell 45-41 to the might of South.

The Tigers played another close game.  So close that the game against North went into overtime.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, North came away with a 50-48 victory.

After the loss to North, the Tigers ran off four consecutive victories, beating Washburn 74-58, Central 50-39, West (the score was not reported) and Edison 45-35.

The rematch against Southwest was again very close.  Again, Southwest came away with the victory 41-37.  In the next game, the frustrations of the second loss to Southwest was taken out on Henry as the Tigers won by 17, 48-31. 

Roosevelt took some revenge for the earlier loss by defeating the Tigers 46-39.  For the first time in the conference season, South lost two games in a row.  The first game against North went to overtime.  This time, North was in control from the beginning, winning 59-44.

The conference season ended with a victory against Washburn 59-51.

The team also played Columbia Heights in a non-conference game and lost 50-32.

Pam Finch, Kim Tellinghuisen and Dawn Johnson were named to the All-Conference team.  Finch received the honor for the third consecutive year.  Head Coach Kirk Nelson and Assistant Coach Willie Owens expect the program to keep growing.