The 1986 Shoshone High School Girls Basketball team is the 2017 IHSAA Girls Legend of the Game.

For the 1986 Shoshone High School Girls Basketball team, their journey to a state championship began several years earlier when they convinced their community to establish a league for fifth- and sixth-grade girls.

During the 1984-85 season, it was not uncommon to see Shoshone finish a game with only four players due to injuries, fouls and lack of bench players. The year ended with a disappointing record of 12-11.

However, they were dedicated to turning it around for the 1985-86 season. The team and their coach – Ed Sandy – earned the nickname “Eddy and Cruisers” because of the way they handedly won games with lopsided scores.

At the state tournament, Shoshone faced much harsher competition and Sandy’s game plan had to adjust. They won three games – against Genesee, Mullan and Highland – at the tournament by a combined margin of victory of only four points.

Sandy coached at Shoshone for 16 years and his teams made seven appearances at the IHSAA State Basketball Tournament. Now retired, he also served as the Shoshone High School Athletic Director for 18 years.

The team is scattered throughout Idaho and Washington. Six of the 10 members of the team pursued careers in education.

Shoshone will be honored at halftime of the 5A Girls “Real Dairy Shootout” on February 18. 


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