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1997-1998 School Year
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1997-1998 Varsity Basketball Team: Back Row: Coach S. Carter, R. Rye, K. Nordeen, E. Dahlen, T. Blomgren, Coach J. Levine. Middle Row: A. Quigley, J. Tennessen. Front Row: A. Finis, R. Willette, J. Anderson, F. Land, C. Taylor

The 1997-98 Women’s Basketball team had a tall order to fill if they wanted to win the conference title. For the first time in history, a Minneapolis women’s team was ranked nationally.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, they would have to overcome this team in order to win the conference championship.

The Tigers opened with a tough game against Washburn.  The game was close, with lead changes.  The Tigers topped the Millers in the end 49-42

The second game of the year was against the nationally ranked team, the Polars from North High School.  The Tigers did not seem afraid and tried to stay with the team from the Northside, but in the end, the Tigers were the first of 12 conference teams to fall to the Polars.

After their first game, the Tigers went on a run, winning six games in a row.  Edison fell 48-35.  Southwest was next.  The teams battled back and forth, with the Tigers pulling it out 35-32.  Henry fell by 35, 68-33.  Roosevelt gave South a battle.  Like with Southwest, the game was back and forth.  The Tigers again won 45-40.  The last victory in the streak came against Washburn.  The first game was close.  The second was closer.  A basket made in the last minute gave the Tigers a slim one point victory over the Millers, 48-47.

The next game was the rematch against the Polars.  The team hoped to keep the score close and earn an upset, but the Polars were no match for anyone this season.  In fact, the Polars handed the Tigers their worst basketball defeat ever, 102-42. 

The team ended the season with three conference games, defeating Edison 55-52, losing to Southwest 54-49 and beating Henry 72-22.

The only non-conference score that was reported was a 49-43 loss against St. Paul Central. 

South finished in second place, with an 8-4 conference record.  Kim Brill and Kate Stackowitz were named to the All-Conference Team.

Head Coach Scott Carter and his assistants, J. Levine, K. Brom and B. Roth are looking forward to the next season and the Tigers goal of improving.