1977 Centralia High School Girls Basketball
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1991 Team Award Winner
Walton, Cathy Brown, Deedee
Cole Brummett, Emily Moss Jones,
Theresa Ashby Malekovic, Karen
Fortmeyer, Terri Davis, Jane Sumner
BACK ROW: Torey
Crowell, Linda Blowers, Misty Sprehe
Wright, Coach Ann
Murray, Christal Royal Trumbo,
Robin Carpenter Brink, Rose Gibson.
In only the second year of
competition for girlís basketball at CHS,
the Orphan Annies were really something.
They placed fourth in the very first IHSA
girlís State basketball tournament,
winning seventeen games while losing only
The potent pressing, running attack of the
Annies had most teams out of the game early,
as they out-scored their opponents by an
average of 27 points per game. They
scored 113 points in one game against
Annies became the first high school girlís
basketball team in Illinois to receive a
state finalís trophy as they accepted
their fourth place honors.
Everyone knew the Annies were good. Just how
good they were remained to be seen as the first
state playoffs for girls was set to begin. The
Annies rolled through the Regional with ease and
moved on to the Sectionals at Belleville (Althoff)
where they downed Belleville (East) 47-38 in the
first game and then took on an Alton team that
had only one loss on the season. The Annies
quickness and pressing defense rook its toll as
a close game ended in a twenty point win for the
ladies from Centralia.
the Super-Sectional at Salem the Annies had
little trouble with Fairfield and were on their
way to ISU and the State Finals.
Annies made a great impression in the first game
as they upended a highly regarded Joliet (West)
team 56-47. The next day things didnít go so
well as they lost more games in one day then
they lost all season long. They fell to
Washington 44-38 in the semi-finals as things
just went flat in the second half of the game.
The third place game saw the Annies fall to
Palatine (Fremd) 56-50.
MEMBERS: Cathy Brown, Deedee (Cole) Brummett,
Emily (Moss) Jones, Theresa (Ashby)
Malekovic, Karen Fortmeyer, Terri Davis,
Torey Crowell, Robin (Carpenter) Brink, Rose
Gibson, Linda Blowers, Misty (Sprehe)
Wright, Christal (Royal) Trumbo. MANAGERS:
Tracy (Nollman) Walton and Jane Sumner.