Age Just a Number for Granny Globetrotters

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They travel the state of Texas competing in basketball tournaments for ladies 80 and over -- but they have the spunk of 20-year-olds.

Most of them have never even been on a basketball court, until now.

"I don't concentrate too much on my age," Granny Globetrotter Laverne Raish said.

For these spunky seniors, age takes a back seat to the fun of the game.

"I do the point guard, and I'm 88," Raish said.

"I'm Betty Goldsmith and I'm the guard."

Helen Yarber said, "I'm the starting center, and I'm 86."

They are the Granny Globetrotters -- and believe it or not -- they've got game.

"I think Betty Goldsmith might be the meanest one of the bunch," Yarber said.

Or maybe it's the 93-year-old player whose age almost always fools the other team. 

"I guess the defense wasn't concerned about her," one globetrotter said.

"She whipped that ole' granny shot up there, from the back and right into the basket!" another globetrotter said.

Their focus is the game -- so missing an occasional basket or two doesn't really matter.

"It gives us a new zest to life," Yarber said.

"I lost my husband two years ago, so this is a good outlet for me," Goldsmith said.

An outlet these ladies say isn't just for "youngins."

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