Despite having produced but sixteen episodes, the Disney Channel series, "Totally Hoops" definitely made an impact and remains a kind of "cult" favorite, especially among early teenaged girls. The series was the brainchild of Douglas Ross (producer of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") and director/producer J. Rupert Thompson ("Fear Factor," "Wipeout").
The series documented the real-life story of the Lady Hoopstars, a Dayton, Ohio-based amateur girl's basketball team comprised of eleven girls ages 14-and-under. The team earned national acclaim for their on-court successes and were credited with establishing an environment of excellence that continues more than a dozen years later. Coached by Steve Douglas, the team has captured nine national AAU championships since 1996.
Camera crews detailed virtually every on-court moment during the 2000 season, which despite many challenges, overcame them valiantly to finish third in the national tournament. The series had a huge impact in the Dayton area, serving to inspire and encourage participation by young girls, many of whom had never considered playing basketball previously.