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from Bill Clark at the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune: Basketball star a memorable player

During four years at Clinton High School (1946-49), Ol’ Clark lived in ignorance. I didn’t know high school girls played basketball.

Then I came to Boone County and, in 1955, became a high school basketball official. I quickly discovered high school girls not only played basketball, but, in some communities, the girls drew larger crowds than the boys.

My first girls’ assignments were at Hallsville and Harrisburg. It was at Harrisburg that I met my first female basketball superstar — Dulane Richards. In the old six-girl game, usually a team’s best player became the go-to shooter, often averaging well more than 20 points a game. Dulane was Harrisburg’s go-to girl.

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