Iowa’s by gone era of 6 on 6 High School Girls Basketball is on display in a film that will be show in area theaters Friday night. The film is titled “New Providence” and it is set in 1993, Iowa’s final season of the 6 on 6 version of the game. Iowa was the final state in the U.S. to have 6 on 6 Girls Basketball at the high school level.
While the film is fictional, it does encapsulate some of the stories of that era. It also captures the passion statewide for the 6 on 6 game. The film features plenty of local flavor, as it is named after the town of New Providence in hardin County. The writer Jack Smith, was inspired to write the film after he moved his out of state business into the former New Providence School building when it shut down.
Webster City native and Iowa Central Guard Taylor Mckinney is cast as a player in the film. Ava Hawthorne, a player at Gilbert High stars in the film. Several high school players from across Iowa were cast in the film as well.
“New Providence” is slated to be shown at theaters in Webster City and Humboldt starting Friday Night.