1998-99 Nokomis High School Girls’ Team

Year Inducted: 2012

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: Nokomis High School

Biography: Entering the 1998-99 season, the Nokomis Girls’ Basketball Team was feeling the pressure to defend their state championship from the previous season.  They played a tough schedule against some of the best teams in Illinois.  In the IHSA state finals, they faced and defeated (Quincy) Notre Dame High School in the quarter final game by a score of 44-40.  The semi-final opponent was another traditional state power, Okawville High School.  They moved to the title game with a 63-54 victory.  In the championship, they faced the #1 rated Carrollton High School team.  The Nokomis squad was again victorious by a score of 45-40 in overtime, securing a 2nd consecutive title.  Molly McDowell led the team and earned numerous postseason honors including Ms. Basketball for 1999.  Molly then played for SIU-Carbondale.  Several of her teammates also played collegiately including Carrie Eisenbarth–Eureka College; Bonnie Brownback–Illinois College; Jessica Hough–Illinois Wesleyan Unversity; Va’ Nicia Waterman–Bradley University; and Lindsay Stauder–Illinois College.  Sadly Head Coach Maury Hough  was unable to attend the induction as he lost his battle with cancer in 2004.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Rachelle McDowell, Bernadette Marty, Ashlee Keller, Emily Heck, Jess Hough, Va’ Nicia Waterman, Misty Johnson, Lindsay Stauder, Cassie Engelhart, Lora Ruppert, and Head Coach Maury Hough.

Front Row (L to R): Dee Eck, Jessica Aherin, Crystal Hayes, Molly McDowell, Carrie Eisenbarth, Bonnie Meiners, Rachelle Detmers, Jana Spears, Sarah Marques, and Tisha Morris.