NORMAN — Whizzing past her opponent, Barb McPherson, No. 22, passed the basketball to her teammate who then went in to score a layup. At the end of four periods, players were tired, but only the sweat trickling down their backs, not their enthusiasm and teamwork gave that away. Full of athleticism and skill, there weren’t any granny shots on the court this Saturday. These grannies can jump.
The 2014 National Granny Basketball Tournament at the Cleveland County Family YMCA included six teams from various states: two from Iowa, two from Missouri, one from Texas and one from Louisiana. Nine games were played total, three by each team, ending in the championship game.
The Iowa Twister Sisters ran away with the championship game, hardly missing a shot and beat the Louisiana Crushers by more than 20 points. The Iowa Golden Girls finished third in the tournament.
The semi-slow moving games are played using 1920s women's basketball rules — three courts, two dribbles and no physical contact. Formed in 2005, the Granny Basketbal League encourages comaraderie, fun and exercise.
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