Granny's Got Game

We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

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Granny's Got Game is a documentary film about a senior women's basketball team in North Carolina. These seven fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep doing what they love.  The film follows them for a year as they compete for another National Senior Games championship.  After two decades together, these women are more than a team...they are a family.

 

 

The Fabulous 70s Senior Women's Basketball Team

The Fabulous 70s Senior Women's Basketball Team


Judy - age 75

Judy - age 75

Judy (age 75) is the team captain. The other members appreciate her keeping the team organized, but at times resent her bossiness. They blame it on her being the lone “Yankee” on the team as she still has the swagger of her Brooklyn birthplace. Judy is a natural leader and fiercely competitive. When she battled breast cancer, she scheduled her chemotherapy treatments so she could still play in the state tournament games. She simply wore a hat to cover her hair loss.

 

Liz - age 74

Liz - age 74

Liz (74) plays basketball with the agility of a teenager. She is amazingly fast and has absolutely no health problems. Because of her speed, Liz is able to score many points, but her teammates complain that she never runs the plays correctly. The team never openly argues, but this creates underlying tension. Liz enjoys playing defense, but wonders if she will ever master the offensive side of the game

Sarah - age 72

Sarah - age 72

Sarah (72) has a beautiful outside shot. Sarah's husband, Twig, is responsible for getting the team started in 1994 and has coached them off and on. Unlike Twig, who has played and coached basketball all his life, these women had an almost 40-year break where they had no opportunities to play. Their resulting lack of fundamental skills often frustrates Twig and causes him to argue with Sarah during practice.

Mary - age 73

Mary - age 73

Mary (73) and Sarah were high school teammates and are longtime friends. Mary has a wicked left hook and has always been a scoring machine. In high school, she scored 53 points in a single game. The team depends upon her left hook and height (5’10”) under the basket, but Mary is the least aggressive member of the team. Twig says he must make Mary mad before she will play well.

Shirley - age 74

Shirley - age 74

Shirley (74) has the most basketball knowledge on the team. She had a very good coach in high school where her team won an amazing 68 games in a row. Shirley’s family life has always revolved around sports. When she is not playing basketball herself, she is attending her grandchildren’s games or caring for her 95-year-old mother – who also played basketball. Shirley is recently widowed and has a genetic heart problem. If she moves her left arm the wrong way, her heart will get out of rhythm. She stubbornly stays in the game when this happens until she thinks she is going to pass out.

Jo - age 76

Jo - age 76

Jo (76) was a lonely child who spent hours shooting and dribbling at her family’s dairy. Even today, the basketball team is her primary social outlet. She is no longer able to play after a broken ankle triggered post-polio syndrome, which affects her strength and balance. The team is so important to her that she still attends every practice and game, sitting on the bench visiting with her teammates and keeping statistics.

Wanda - age 74

Wanda - age 74

Wanda (age 74) is the newest member of the team. She did not learn how to play in high school and has worked hard to pick up the game in her seventies. Wanda enjoys the camaraderie and the exercise she gets with the team. Wanda's interviews are not include in the film.  However, she tells her story in a featurette on the DVD.

Twig - coach

Twig - coach

Twig has played and coached basketball all his life. When he started the team in 1994, most of the women had not played basketball in decades. Their resulting lack of fundamental skills often frustrates Twig and causes him to argue with his wife, Sarah, during practice. 

Dawn - coach

Dawn - coach

Dawn has coached the team for the last five years.  She is young enough to be one of their daughters, but the team respects her. Dawn is a player herself and was a member of the 1984 NAIA National Championship team at UNC-Asheville.

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