GIRL CAGERS CAPTURE IOWA FANCY J.t's basketball fever — girls' style. Since the late 1920s, Iowa has been a hotbed of girls' basketball. A talented girls' team puts on a sensational show. A high-scoring outfit will scorch the nets with 80 to 110 points a game. The two fine teams that clashed for the 1965 state title, South Hamilton of Jewell and Valley of West Des Moines, William C. Nelson averaged an 83-46 margin over their opponents going into the finals. Iowa's individual game scoring leader is 6 foot 4 inch Norma Schoulte of Monona. In 1952 she had poured 111 points through the hoop before the gun sounded. And she's not the only girl to crack the century mark. The offensive stars are aided by a rule which permits only three of die six girls in the srartirfg lineup to work in the offensive half of the court. Thus, only three girls can score. One offensive girl shoots all the free throws for her three defensive teammates, too. The girls are surprisingly adept. They maneuver in intricate screens and picks, pass the ball quickly, pivot on a dime and drive hard for the basket when a pathway opens. On the defensive court, the guards scrap tenaciously for the ball. The centers screen out their opponent brusquely and leap high to pull in the rebound. By the time the distaff cagers are in high school, they've been practicing basketball for 10 to 12 years. Scoring whiz Connie Kraai of Holstein is a classic example. As a cute 2-year-old toddler, she sparkled as the team mascot in 1951. Fourteen years later, she had blossomed into an attractive 5 foot 10 and a top-flight scorer. Connie could be counted on for 41.6 points a game. Despite their physical development, however, the girls seldom lose their femininity. A curvy brunette will arch in a 15-foot jump shot, then pause to fluff her hair as the ball leaves her half of the court. Askew hairbands are straightened at the first opportune moment. The ,girls look rather attractive, too, in their shiny silk shirts and shorts. The court queens often outdraw the boys' team. At one time, many schools played doubleheaders, but the practice has largely been discontinued. A mediocre boys' te.am would find the stands half-empty after a crackerjack girls' team left the court. Always on the girls' minds are the 16 berths in the state tournament. The teams that battle their way to Des Moines are treated like royalty. They meet the governor, chat with legislators, eat fancy banquet meals, appear on state-wide television. The 1965 state tournament drew 72,000 spectators in its five-day run. That makes the Iowa event the largest girls' tournament in America, says the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, which guides the program. The state meet, in fact, outdraws most boys' state tourneys, the Girls' Union adds. It's one of the five biggest high school tournaments (boys or girls) in the nation. The total viewing audience is many times greater, too, thanks to radio and television broadcasts beamed across the state, and into several adjoining states. When a hard-fought game ends, the reaction is almost as predictable as the Iowa corn crop. Both teams break down in tears—tears of joy for some, tears of despair for others. The Iowa girls' basketball program is rivaled by several Dixie states. Among them are Texas, North and South Carolina and Arkansas. In all, 27 states have girls' basketball competition. One doctor said of the sport: "It puts the girl in good physical condition. Her posture becomes better, her muscle tone and stamina improve, her cheeks get rosy,. . ." Less than 1% of the girl cagers go on to play basketball competitively after high school. A favorite American recipe • • _ t <• - - . i •*•'•.-•- jv, f "»>•/• '''•" „,, \tJ L ***r i.*r?* * -V -;' T r MIDWESTERN FAVORITE America's favorite margarine Twice-Baked Potatoes Makes 8 servings 4 large baking paprika potatoes, baked V, teaspoon pepper V4 cup (Vi stick) Blue Vt cup grated sharp Bonnet Margarine Cheddar cheese % cup milk i teaspoon grated 1 teaspoon salt onion While hot, cut baked potatoes in half. Scoop out insides. Whip potatoes; add Blue Bonnet Margarine. Gradually beat in milk. Stir in onion, salt and pepper. Spoon back into shells. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake in moderate oven (375° F.) 15-25 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with paprika and serve. ' Look for addition;*! icicipe fcivoiites on other Blue Bonnet packages. ,'f • /s* • •? ^L 'V,!i v _™^. Ci _ _ BLUE BONNET Fine products of STANDARD BRANDS ••Everything's better with Blue Bonnet in it.% A potato banquet! And you can make this better with BLUE BONNET. And now BLUE Midwestern favorite three times more deli- BONNET is also available in .whipped form, clous with BLUE BONNET Margarine. As a tool It spreads easier-smoother. And you matter of fact-anything you cook comes out get 6 sticks in every pound. Blue Bonnet looks like, cooks like, tastes like the "high-price" spread!.
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