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Terril Tigerettes back in action

By Staff | Aug 20, 2008

Playing in the 6-on-6 basketball game at the Terril gym were, front from left, Dawn (Mart) Matthews, Tammy (Matthews) Anderson, Tammy (Krieger) Hansen, Natalie (Sidles) Sanders, Lynn (Brandt) Paca, Connie (Krieger) Mortenson, Patty (Baxter) Newbury, Tracy (Clark) Enderson; back row: Connie (Twito) Early, Kenna Conway, Amee (Hanson) Norris, Jodi (Conway) Peta, Sue (Feldman) Reigelsberger, Kaylene (Krieger) Perrin, Beth (Brockmeyer) Neff, Jody (Thompson) Mowry, Terri (Clark) Moyer. Also playing as a substitute for the black team was 2001 graduate Beth Torkelson. EDN photo by David Swartz

TERRIL – The Terril Tigerettes took the floor one more time on Saturday as some of the top players from the 1980s suited up, reviving Iowa’s 6-on-6 basketball.

Terril was a powerhouse during the decade beginning in 1980 when the Tigerettes won the Class A Tournament and placed third overall. (The winners from each class played each other back then.)

Also, Terril qualified for state in 1982, 1986 and 1987.

Between the 1979-80 and 1989-90 seasons, Terril posted a 238-24 record and earned 10 sectional titles and eight conference championships.

Fans packed one full side of the gym on Saturday to cheer on the red and black once again.

Also, coach Roger Conway was back with his ‘girls’ on the sidelines.

“We contacted everyone we thought would be able to play,” Conway said. “It was a like a reunion for many. Some came from a long ways to play and many haven’t seen each other in years.

“For both the players and fans, it brought back so many memories,” he said.

The players were divided into red and black teams with the red team consisting of players from approximately 1980-85 and the black from 1985-90.

While the quarters were still 8 minutes long, a continuous clock and few fouls kept the game moving along.

Obvious to coach Conway and the fans, the play became better throughout the contest

In the first half, the red team took a big lead mostly behind the play of post Sue (Feldman) Reigelsberger, who made both layups and the 15-foot jumpers.

The black team made some adjustments defensively, often double-teaming Reigelsberger, and still trailed 28-16 after three quarters. But black held opponents to just four fourth quarter points but still succumbed 32-27.

“Our main purpose was to have fun,” said Conway. “Also we didn’t want anyone to get hurt.”

Talking after the game, Conway said the players talked about getting in better shape if they decide to take to the court again next year.