1996-97 Carlyle High School Girls’s Team
Year Inducted: 2011
Schools / Organizations: Carlyle High School
Biography: The 1997 Lady Indians had a lot of pressure to follow what the 1996 team had done. With four returning starters, they had two simple goals: one was to win back-to-back state titles and the second was to go undefeated along the way. They accomplished both goals. The 1997 Lady Indians were again an offensive powerhouse, averaging over 74 ppg. Some of the highlights from the year were: Mascoutah Holiday tournament champs, Highland Tournament champs, Shoot-Out wins over Jackson, MO at the Kiel Center in St. Louis and over large school state ranked (Chicago) Marshall at Logan College. One of the biggest highlights from the 1997 team was that six girls from the squad went on to play college basketball: Courtney Smith–SIU-Carbondale; Leslie Dumstorff–Kaskaskia College; Michelle Donahoo–Kaskaskia College; Kristin Hustedde–McKendree University; Jessica Robert–SIU-Edwardsville; and Lindsay Macon–Oakland City University.
Team Members in the Picture:
Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Angie Gherardini, Erin Knuf, Courtney Smith, Lindsay Macon, Stacey Pollman, Leslie Dumstorff and Assistant Coach Ken Smith.
Front Row (L to R): Brie Sheathelm, Michelle Donahoo, Summar Knuf, Jessica Robert, Kristin Hustedde, Tara Kell, and Heather Hitpas.