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1985-86 JMSS Girls Basketball


SPORT | Basketball

Front Row: Juli Elders, Margaret Piggott, Kelli Norris, Daphne Day, Karrie Williams, Carrie Dillon Middle Row: Stephanie Myers, Kim Grey, Jana Elders, Tracy Cruse, Jennie Jubinville Back Row: Bud Day (coach)

In the strength of 10 dedicated players and a driven coach, the Lady Panthers had an incredible season. Their overall record was 32 wins and 2 losses. During the season they entered four major tournaments earning championship honours in three. At the St. Clair College Tournament they beat their opponents by an average of 22.5 points. In Toronto at Seneca College, they were victorious over three “AAA” schools. At the Pink and White in Chatham, no team reached 30 points against the Panthers’ incredible team defense. At the prestigious University of Western Ontario Tournament, the girls lost by five points to St. Catharines, another “AAA” team, in the finals.

In the Kent County league they went undefeated, outscoring their opponents 792 to 300 in 12 games. The closest game was a 20-point win against CCI. They beat Kingsville 64-43 for the SWOSSA Championship and then at OFSAA, they won all 4 games, outscoring their opponents 190 to 129, to earn the Gold Medal. This was the first OFSAA Championship by any Kent County girls team in any sport.

After graduating from JMSS, two team members, Margaret Piggott and Kelli Norris, went on to play basketball at the University of Windsor. Juli Elders competed in the throwing events in track and field at the University of Manitoba. Karrie Williams and Carrie Dillon received scholarships to play basketball at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they excelled. They were both inducted into the GVSU Athletic Hall of Fame and are both also Honoured Members of the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame.

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