A young teen basketball player named Brianna aspires to make it to the WNBA. For her, sports are a way out of her hard-scrabble life, as well as her ticket to helping her family.
But when she’s injured, she loses her starting spot on the team — and then must fight her way past a new rival to get it back.
This short drama features a deft, strong narrative arc than any fan of the sports film genre will recognize.
But this comeback story is anchored by strong performances all around. Joya McFarland gives a strong, gritty performance with emotional weight, and as Shannon, Christine Catechis brings nuance and honesty to a traditional antagonist role.
Filled with exciting sports sequences, quick pacing and a great score, “High Hoops” balances a propulsive story with emotional acuity — and will keep viewers engrossed until the very last point.
She’s challenged at 9:55… and shocked at 11:02…