It looks as though the Dallas Covenant girls basketball program is officially off the hook.
After beating Dallas Academy 100-0 in 2009, Dallas Covenant had a case of blowout remorse, sought a forfeit and apologized for the margin of victory. Its players, anyway, apologized. The coach was fired after refusing to apologize.
On the heels of that flap came a smaller brief local one about the St. Joseph girls team’s margin of victory.
Well, all that seems a distant memory now.
National media picked up on the Bloomington South girls basketball team’s 107-2 win over Arlington High School in Indianapolis Tuesday night. Chris Kaufman, assistant commisioner for the Indiana High School Athletic Association, was quoted in an Associated Press story as saying that he didn’t want to see anything that one-sided again.
Can’t blame him for that. Watching 107-2 is no fun.
It will be interesting to see how this one pans out. Neither the Bloomington South athletic department nor the team’s coach, Larry Winters, is apologizing.
Some seem to think he should. One blogger wondered if the Arlington girls would ever recover from such a devastating loss.
Oh, I think they’ll recover. It was a high school basketball game. Besides, teen-agers are more resilient than I think a lot of people give them credit for. From what I read, none of the Dallas Academy girls seemed shattered in the days following the 100-0 loss.
I’ve read subsequent articles about the 107-2 debacle, but I’ve been left wondering about some things. For instance, Winters pointed out that he played all nine of his players. How long did his reserves play? None of what I’ve read answers that question.
Winters apparently told his players to keep shooting as the score mounted. I have no problem with that - as long as it was the back-ups who were doing the shooting. He said to quit shooting would have been a bigger embarrassment to Arlington. I agree with that.
How was his team able to score 107 points though? Did it press constantly? A story mentioned that Bloomington South kept running an offensive set. Did it run the set for five seconds before a player shot? Ten? Twenty? Nothing written gave an answer.
There should be some straightforward ways to deter 107-2 from happening.
A story indicated the IHSAA would consider implementing a running clock when the score reaches a certain margin. It should consider implementing a running clock and then do so. The running clock is implemented here, and I think it accomplishes what it is supposed to.
I don’t think the winning team should simply stop shooting when the score reaches a certain point. I do think it should take as much time off the clock as possible before doing so. And for crying out loud don’t continue a suffocating press against the other team’s overwhelmed ball-handlers when the score reaches a certain point.
One coach, during the 2009 Dallas Covenant flap, suggested that the winning’s team defense, while not exactly quitting on defense, play back enough to let the other team run its offense. I agree with that.
To prevent a score from getting out of hand, the team that’s ahead has a responsibility to ease up — way up — on the throttle. However, the trailing team needs to do its part by scoring some points and making some stops.
Things do change. IHSAA Commisioner Bobby Cox, in an AP article, pointed out that Arlington was once a large, urban school but was now a smaller turnaround academy. Meanwhile Templeton, the team at the center of the brief St. Joseph flap in 2009, transformed itself rather quickly from the team that finished at the bottom of the Los Padres League to one that is contending for league championships.
Let’s hope a 107-2 bit of history doesn’t repeat itself.