“Welcome to Indiana basketball.”
A personal favorite of mine which is probably rated a half-star too high due to nostalgia.
This movie's about a lot more than basketball: you've got small-town, middle America and its stubbornness and disdain for outsiders, best illustrated in the community meeting and their insistence on zone defense. You've a community's obsession with the fortunes of its kid's sports teams, illustrated by Myra's mother's overnight cleaning of her floors after a loss. You've got a major character dealing with alcoholism and another with rage, and some townspeople who weren't necessarily on board are shown how exhilarating and uniting sports can be.
One thing that never made sense to me though was why so few kids tried out for the team. Was it the pressure? During games, it looked like there were several good candidates in the crowd.
Great music, too, by the way.