BENTON TOWNSHIP — Anyone interested in Berrien County's rich basketball history might want to visit the Berrien County Historical Association's exhibit, "Great Teams, Great Players, Great Coaches" at the Orchards Mall.The exhibit traces the history of high school basketball in Berrien County with a focus on state championship teams, star players and famous coaches.Since tournaments began in 1920, 26 teams from 11 communities in Berrien County have won state championships. The exhibit features trophies, uniforms, photographs and memorabilia from championship teams dating from the 1920 to the 1990s.The game of basketball, created in 1891, arrived in Berrien County by 1901 when YMCA teams played in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. Area high schools started teams almost immediately.In 1920, St. Joseph High School defeated Sturgis to win Michigan's first Class B state championship. The score of 8-7 remains the lowest scoring championship game in state history. The era's rules and equipment, combined with players' inexperience with the new game, often led to such low scores.During the 1930s and 1940s, several Berrien County high schools boasted powerhouse teams. The Stevensville Cardinals, St. Joseph Bears and Bridgman Bees all won state championships. Other teams, including the Benton Harbor Tigers, River Valley Mustangs, Niles Vikings, Buchanan Bucks and New Buffalo Bisons, also have won titles.Artifacts secured for the exhibit include many of the state championship trophies, including the original 1920 trophy won by St. Joseph. Other artifacts on exhibit include uniforms, a 1920 basketball, game programs, basketball shoes, scorebooks, buttons and photographs. The exhibit will run through mid-January. Exhibit hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Call the Historical Association at 471-1201 for more information.