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1977-1978 School Year
1977-1978 Varsity Women’s Basketball Team: Front Row: Patsy Rinfleisch, Tammy Cowan, Channon Jones, Kellie Quigley, Sue Berg. Back Row: Head Coach Kirk Nelson, Joan Tompkins, Darcy Alm, Debbie Baardson, Marie Janes, Carrie Boswell, Anita Rinfleisch.

Head Coach Kirk Nelson began the 1976-77 women’s basketball season believing the team had a great shot at taking the conference title.  The team played up to expectations in December, winning four of five games.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, they only won one conference game after winter break.  The cause of the downfall is blamed on the flu.  It seemed that every member of the team missed at least one game due to the outbreak that spread through the team.

The Conference season opened on December 6 against West High School. The Tigers led throughout the game.  When the game ended, South had a 58-41 victory.  South followed the victory over West with a similar game against Edison, winning 43-27.

Southwest handed the Tigers their first loss of the season in a very close 44-41 game.  Two more close games finished off the month of December.  However, the Tigers won both, defeating Henry 46-42 and Roosevelt 43-41.  The Roosevelt game went into overtime before the Teddies fell to the Mighty Tigers.

It was at this point the team was struck by the flu.  The illness devastated the team, but the Tigers were still very competitive.  Washburn won the first game after Winter Break by a slim two-points, 43-41.  North then destroyed the Tigers 73-27.  Central also victimized the Tigers 55-30.  West won by 19 points, 54-35.  Edison won a close game 36-32.  Southwest won the next game during this losing streak, defeating the Tigers 51-34.  Henry defeated South by a close one-point, 54-53.  Roosevelt added to the woes, winning 36-34.  North finished the nine-game losing streak by defeating South 51-40. 

South won their only conference game after winter break against Washburn on Feb. 17.  The final score was 54-38.  Central put an end to the conference season defeating the Tigers in a low-scoring game 29-24.

In the post-season, Columbia Heights defeated the Tigers 34-29 in their Region 5AA game.

The JV team, again coached by Willie Owens, had a very successful season and hopes to bring the positive attitude to the varsity next year.  The JV finished with a 10-6 conference record.  The team won both games from Henry, Roosevelt, Washburn and West.  They split the two games with North and Southwest.  Edison and Central won both games against the Tigers.