The Turbulent Twenties were a time of many changes for women.
Not only could they now bob their hair and even have it done in what formerly had been "men's sanctuaries," such as public barber shops, they could raise their hemlines and even smoke cigarettes in public if they so desired.
The "flivver" was taking young women, who dared to learn to drive a vehicle, out on the open road, as well.
In spite of all of this new liberation, however, for several years, officials in the state of Indiana did not believe that competitive sports, such as basketball played before crowds, was for females.
Along about 1896, the first known young women's basketball game between two schools was played in the Chicago area, according to research. In 1901, a Special Women's Committee was established in the state of Indiana for the purpose of forming the rules for how young women playing basketball should dress, should they play.
In 1908, the Amateur Athletic Union took the position that young women should not play basketball in public. However, by 1924, The World Olympics included young women's basketball as an exhibition event. The doors were beginning to open wider and wider.
At one point, the members of the Warrick County School Board began to recognize that they needed to have a sports program for their girl students, as well as the boys.
Once a number of these teams were established, they flourished in Warrick County. It is said that, the excitement of the new concept swept over the community like a whirlwind. Farmers who once had worked until after dark, began to put their old tractors up early in order to drive into town and watch either a daughter or a granddaughter play in a basketball game.
Those who didn't have a ride, of which there were many back in those days, simply walked into town or caught a ride with someone along the way.
As one might imagine, there was a lot of rivalry between these high school young women's basketball teams. According to recorded information, the biggest rivals against one another were the teams from Boonville and Lynnville. Both of these teams had great coaches; George Goerlitz, at Lynnville, was much admired.
Not only did George teach school, he also helped his brother, Eddie Goerlitz, run "Eddie's Soda Shop" during the months that school was not in session. Ruth Bateman, the Boonville coach, was said to have been "a gentle presence" in the classroom and "a fierce competitor" on the hardwood floor. And, that she trained the girls on the BHS basketball team to be just as fierce.
Mabel Hale, who was the captain of the Boonville High School girls team all four years she was in school, was called "Red" because of her fiery, short curls and she was a real go-getter, as well as a threat out on the basketball floor. And the same has been said about Ethel Orth Stamps on the Lynnville High School team.
Both of these young women won many accolades and honors during the 1920s in Warrick County.