There was no standing around or walking the ball up the court during the 1976-77 season for the SC4 women’s basketball team. The faster the pace, the better for the Skippers.
Coach Jacqueline “Jackie” Jeffery relied on fast-breaking, full-court pressing style of play.
The Skippers averaged 77 points per game, outscoring opponents by an average of 27 points. They scored more than 100 points in four games.
During the regular-season, SC4 captured the Michigan Junior College Athletic Association title with one loss and posted an 18-4 record. The Skippers’ other setbacks were against four-year schools.
The squad claimed the MJCAA state tournament with three wins. The Skippers went 4-0 to win the Region XII Tournament title and earn a trip to the National Junior College Basketball Tournament. At the nationals, SC4 went 2-2 to place eighth at Overland Park, KS.
Nancy DeNardin landed a spot on the Junior College All-American Team, while Jeffery was named Region XII coach of the year. Laurie Nolan was named to the National Tournament Team. DeNardin, Nolan and Deb Ledford were named to the All-State Team.
The remainder of the team consisted of Beth Hicks, Sue Francisco, Elizabeth Bailey, Nancy Hall, Theresa Gardocki, Robin Stewart, Jill Thomas, Martha Moore and Diane Jedzmir.
The team also was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame.