Tammy Tibbles was a standout guard for the Creston High School basketball team. From her sophomore year through her senior season, Tammy led her teams to a 74-10 record, state titles in 1982 and 1984, and a second place finish in 1983. She averaged 15, 21, 27, and 35 points per game during her four years at Creston and finished her career with 2,569 total points.
Despite playing before the introduction of the 3-point line, Tammy’s point total is the third most in Washington history. She is still considered one of the best State B players to ever have participated in the State Tournament.
During Tammy’s senior season, Creston, a small B school, played against AAA Lewis and Clark of Spokane. The Creston Comets led start to finish, winning 81-43. Tammy ended up with 44 points, outscoring the entire Lewis and Clark team on her own. As a result of her performance, Tammy was nominated for Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” award. The magazine recognized Tammy in its March 5, 1984 issue.
Tammy went on to play at Gonzaga from 1984-88. She was a member of the Bulldogs when the women’s program transitioned from the NAIA to the NCAA Division 1. Gonzaga missed a trip to the NAIA Nationals by one game during Tammy’s sophomore year, but finished with a record of 11-16 in their initial NCAA season and shocked the West Coast Conference by winning the league.
During her four years at Gonzaga, Tammy scored 2,011 points in 111 games, an average of 18.1 per game. She made 46 percent of her shots from the field and shot 75 percent from the line. She scored over 30 points eight times, including a career-high of 35 in a game against Oregon. She stands third on Gonzaga’s career scoring list behind Courtney Vandersloot and Heather Bowman. Tammy held the scoring record for 22 years until Bowman passed her in 2010. She is also fourth in steals (205), sixth in free throws made (316), and second in field goals made (828). She scored the sixth most points in a single season (597) and shot 54 percent from the field her freshman year in 1984-85, third all-time.
In 1988, she took a civil service exam with the Spokane Fire Department. She was hired as a firefighter and held that position for 22 years. During her firefighting career, she was also employed as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at North Central High School in Spokane (1994-96). She also had a business for 13 years where she contracted with the Department of Natural Resources to provide fire trucks and personnel.
On October 25th, 2011, Tammy was inducted into the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame.