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1985-1986 School Year
1985-1986 Varsity Basketball Team: Front Row: Jeanette Lessley, Connie Luckeroth, Natalie Schutt, Elizabeth Ness, Marg Jaede, Kim Griffin. Back Row: Kenya Wilson, Jenny Hansen, Coach Gordy Halloran, Tonya Freeman, Ylanda Thomas, Lori Eiland.

After the success of the prior season, fans, players and coaches expected the Tiger Women’s Basketball team to take the next step, either moving up in the standings or even winning the conference title.  Despite unfortunate injuries, success prevailed on the court. The team achieved their best record in history with a 10-2 record, finishing in second place. 

South defeated every conference school twice except for Roosevelt.  Double digit wins over Edison, 37-22 and 52-39, were followed by more than 19 point victories over Henry, 47-28 and 58-25.  The Polars from North also were not match for the Mighty Tigers, losing the games 50-30 and 47-32.  Southwest gave the Tigers a scare in both games, but South prevailed 53-51 and 42-39.  Washburn also lost both game by 20 points, 53-30 and 53-39.

As stated earlier, the toughest competition was against Roosevelt.  The Teddies won the first game by a slim six points, 33-27.  When the two teams played for the second time, the teams were in first and second place.  A victory by the Tigers would give them their first conference championship (which they would share with Roosevelt).  A Teddie victory would give them the outright championship. The game was a back and forth event.  It came down to the end, with Roosevelt winning by ONE POINT, 41-40!

The JV had just as successful season as the Varsity.  They finished in second place with a 10-2 record.  The only team the JV lost to was North, twice.  The JV swept all the other teams in the conference.

Head Coach Gordy Halloran and Assistant Coach Melanie Fraser are building the Tigers into a force to be reckoned with.  Coach Halloran was quoted in the 1986 yearbook as saying, “The team did better than expected.”  The team has high expectations for the future with five sophomores on the Varsity and a strong JV team.  As senior Ylanda Thomas said according to the yearbook, “We had a lot of fun!”