Meanwhile, In Ohio High School Girls Basketball Semis, Team Wins 108-1
Rick Chandler 07:54 pm, February 18th, 2016
This is by no means the first time something like this has happened, and it won't be the last. Still, it's a little jarring to look up and see this on the scoreboard: 108-1. What? I imagine the winning coach in the post-game locker room, screaming at his team: "You call that defense??"
It happened in the Division III North Ridgeville (Ohio) Sectional girls semifinals, with The Gilmour Academy lowering the boom on Northeast Ohio College Prep, winning by 107 points.
Gilmour coach Bob Beutel explains to Cleveland.com:
"Our intent was to not run anything up, and we took steps to not disrespect our opponent. They went 0-for-28 from the field and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line. We let them shoot."
Beutel said he began subbing in junior-varsity players moments into the first quarter.
I wasn't there, but it's no doubt the case that Gilmour used the fast break for most of its points, and it wouldn't surprise me if they pressed. Last season, the Arroyo Valley High School girls (San Bernadino, CA) beat Bloomington High (CA), 161-2, resulting in Arroyo Valley head coach Michael Anderson being suspended. Arroyo used a full court press for the entire first half, which ended with Arroyo leading 104-1.
There have been at least two 100-point victories in Texas girls high school games over the past three seasons, in one case resulting in the winning coach getting fired.
So don't tell me this time everything was completely above board. I've coached high school basketball, and I know that there are ways to avoid an unholy blowout like this. Someone needs to realize that, as coaches, they are also educators. You are not Bobby Knight, and the only reason this score will be remembered is for being so profane.
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