Of Fitzgerald and of Girls Basketball
Those who have been fans of basketball in south Georgia for a lengthy period of time might recall one school system that once operated a bit differently.
It wasn't unusual for some of the biggest schools not to offer girls' basketball. Columbus schools did not. Bibb County's white girls' schools did not play competitively (black schools, though, were co-ed and had hoops for both). But if you were in south Georgia, everybody played. Except Fitzgerald. Scheduling Fitzgerald in the regular season meant your boys played two more games or you had to mess up someone else's girls' schedule to even it out.
Fitzgerald High, land of the Purple Hurricanes had girls' basketball. Then they didn't. In 1957, they stopped. Paraphrased from the December 13, 1957, edition of the Fitzgerald Herald are the school's explanations:
It took some time before Fitzgerald resumed girls' play. Finally, an announcement was made in 1978 that they would gradually get back into the game. For this first year only, they would play a B-team schedule with 10th and 11th graders. Donna Skinner was named head coach. Their first game was November 17, 1978 at Crisp County "B". Crisp won, 58-26.