Richardson, Justine (directed by)
Appalshop, Inc (produced by)
Richardson, Justine (produced by)
Slemp, Gary (sound mixer)
Girls’ Hoops is an Appalshop documentary directed by Justine Amato Richardson. It explores the history of girls high school basketball in Kentucky, from the 1920s, to a 42-year ban on statewide competition, to its rebirth in the 1970s and development into a fiercely competitive, popular sport. Filmed over the course of a basketball season, the program features practices, games, half-time talks, and interviews with fans from small coal mining communities who take pride in a winning girls team. Girls Hoops includes up-close interviews with players and coaches, comments from a 94-year old player from a 1920s championship team, and interviews and game footage of the woman who broke the gender barrier in the mid-70s.
Girls' Hoops materials, c.1998