For young kids today, it may seem hard to imagine a high school sports landscape devoid of competitive girls programs.

But prior to Congress' passage of Title IX legislation in the summer of 1972 – introduced and co-authored by late Indiana senator Birch Bayh – female athletic experiences at that level were mostly limited to cheerleading and intramural sports.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association began sponsoring girls state tournaments in the academic year of 1972-73. That year, the state crowned its first volleyball champ; South Bend St. Joseph's defeated Ben Davis in two of three sets for the title. In gymnastics, Columbus North was a winner over Portage at the state finals.

At Brookville High School, one of the earliest — if not the first — inter-school contests took place on Oct. 9 that fall, when the girls tennis team fell 7-2 at Centerville. The Lady Greyhounds' two points came from Cathy Deffner in singles and the doubles pair of Tracy Chappelow and Joetta Hertel.

Other players for coach Carl Hinesley were Mary Weber, Cathy Pelsor, Dee Dee Deffner, Marcia Walthers, Barbara Connery, Becky Teufel, Cindy Vetters and Pam Downard.

The team's first win came three nights later at Knightstown, where the Hounds knocked off Morton Memorial 5-1.

Girls basketball officially opened in early January 1973, with Brookville earning a 39-21 home victory over Batesville. Doris Westerman led the home team with 13 points and was the top rebounder. Hertel added eight points, Weber six, Chappelow two and Nancy Bodnar two. Marjorie Hinesley followed her husband's lead, gracing the sidelines that first winter. Her assistant was son Rex Hinesley and Becky Codiano was the manager.

It's interesting to note that in those early days – according to the Brookville newspaper of Jan. 18, 1973 – the girls were subjected to a different set of rules on the hardwood. There was a version of the shot clock, as girls were required to shoot the ball within a 30-second time frame. No technical fouls were assessed. Another rule was a precursor to today's double-bonus situation; fouls called during the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and in overtime periods were penalized with two free throws for the opponent.

The Lady Hounds also won their second game, 48-13 over Milan. Weber led the way with 10 points. Marty Moore, C. Deffner, Donna Lohrey, D. Deffner, Marge Pelsor, Judy Jackson and Betty Back were other athletes available to Mrs. Hinesley.

Whitewater Township High School also got off to a nice start that season, whipping Morton Memorial 62-29, and Richmond 71-56 on Jan. 24. Jackie Lane poured in an incredible 45 points for the Lady Elkhorns in the Richmond game, hitting 16 field goals and 13 free throws.

Lane was on fire again in early February, scoring 29 points to help Whitewater to a 49-47 win over Aurora. Sister Jennie Lane added 18 points. The Elks topped Aurora again Feb. 12, 49-36, as Jackie Lane went for 21.

Both Brookville and Whitewater, according to the archives, finished their truncated seasons at a perfect 6-0.

Westerman scored a dozen and Hertel seven in a season-ending 28-24 win at North Dearborn on Feb. 13. The unbeaten Greyhounds took a victory lap during an alumni benefit outing in March, warming up the crowd with a double overtime (32-29) win vs. Aurora. Westerman led all scorers with 15.

The Elkhorns and Hounds also met on the track that spring, with Whitewater gaining a 59-50 edge. Sally Glascock collected three blue ribbons for the winners and sophomore Rhonda Oehlman led Brookville with four.

Brookville's girls earned their first win in a triangular meet with Batesville and N. Dearborn. Oehlman again had four blues. The sectional was held at Knightstown May 5; Whitewater placed third and the Greyhounds sixth. Four Brookville girls advanced to the Clarksville regional: Oehlman, Back, Vicki Goodman and Nancy Suhre.

Oehlman made it all the way to the state finals at Purdue University, thanks to first place in standing broad jump (7-feet-11-inches) and third in the 100 yard dash (11.5). She then had an excellent showing at the Indiana State Girls Athletic Association finals a week later, placing third in standing long jump (8-05).