A brutal blowout in an Indiana girls basketball game has sparked a sportsmanship controversy. On Tuesday night, Bloomington South High School demolished Arlington High School 107-2.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Arlington made two single free throws in the second and third period — that was the extent of the school’s scoring. The rest of the night’s points went to Bloomington South as the team continued to pile on even after they had the game well in hand.
“I didn’t tell my girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing,” Bloomington South coach Larry Winters told the Star. “We were not trying to embarrass them or run up the score.”
Arlington head coach Ebony Jackson said Winters should have shown more sportsmanship and limited the scoring late in the game.
“No it’s not OK but he will have to live with that…If that’s how they want to carry themselves, that’s fine. I’m focused on me and mine and we’ll just keep going,” she told the Star.
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In the meantime, the criticism for Winters has been both fast and furious. As soon as the score was released on Twitter on Tuesday night by the Star’s high school sports scores feed it elicited a series of critiques. Some questioned how a score like 107-2 was even possible within the confines of a high school game. Others were more caustic toward the Bloomington South team and staff.
One Twitter user even offered the following assessment: “This is disgraceful & a blow 2the integrity of [Indiana high school basketball].”
Still, Jackson told the Star that she wasn’t upset with Winters for the sheer reason that she was more focused on helping her team move forward, which will be all the more difficult in the aftermath of such a crushing loss.
Was Bloomington South unsportsmanlike for running up the score 107-2 or were they just playing the game? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.