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For the second year in a row The Harpers Ferry Fireflies won the National Granny Basketball Tournament.
The tournament was held in Norman, Okla., in July.
Granny Basketball started in 2005 “to promote a spirit of camaraderie, a model of sportsmanship and friendly competition. In doing so we honor the women who came before us and set an example for those who will follow,” the organization’s “philosophy, mission and purpose” notes.
The game in Iowa started in 2005, but Granny Basketball has been going for many years with rules used in the 1920s continue to be in play today.
Two guards, one center court passer and two forwards, each occupying a third of the court. There is no jumping allowed, only two dribbles before you have to pass or shoot the ball. You can’t be closer than three inches from a player and no hovering or physical contact is allowed. There is a limit of three fouls per player.
Nine teams were part of the national tournament, two from Iowa. Others were Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana.
The Fireflies beat the Cedar Rapids Late Bloomers in the championship game.
Most of the women were around 60 at the tournament, but one was 92 and has been playing the game for years. Any player under the age of 40 has to shoot with their non-dominant hand.