They wore long bloomers and serious facial expressions. But the girls on Lovelock High School’s 1915 basketball team probably played some mean hoop.
Over a century later, the Lady Mustangs wear loose-fitting shorts and big smiles. But more importantly, they remain a force of nature. Last season they won 24 games and the zone championship.
In December 1891 James Naismith wanted a fast-paced indoor game to get his students through the Canadian winter. So he nailed peach baskets to the lower rail of the balcony at both ends of the gym and grabbed a soccer ball. He posted his Thirteen Rules where everyone would see them.
Now the sport needed a name. Someone suggested Naismith Ball, But the inventor had a different idea.
“Why not call it basketball?” he asked. “We have a basket and a ball. It seems to me that would be a good name for it.”
Whatever the name, Lovelock’s citizens love the game. They’ve supported the sport for over a century.