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115-2 game raises sportsmanship questions
DETROIT -- Walkerville 115, Lakeshore 2.
And it could have been worse. A lot worse.
"What do you tell our girls? Not to play?" Walkerville High athletics director Ron Stoneman said Wednesday, a day after his state-ranked school stomped winless Hart Lakeshore Public Academy in a girls basketball playoff game.
"It had the potential to be really, really bad."
The blowout left Lakeshore academics director Steve Hamilton seething about a lack of sportsmanship.
"To me, if you run up the score like that, you have to answer for yourself," Hamilton said. "I have my doubts about a school that would go and run up a school by 100 points."
Walkerville coach Steve Kirwin said he doesn't schedule teams like Lakeshore, which has a student body of 50 in grades nine through 12, during the regular season. But during the playoffs, "You play who they tell you to play."
Kirwin said he promoted girls from the junior varsity and freshmen teams, and did not use his normal pressure defense against overmatched Lakeshore.
By halftime, Kirwin said, three girls hadn't scored. So he said only they could shoot. But after they scored, then what?
"I'm not going to tell my kids to not continue to play," Kirwin said. "It's not that we wanted to score a ton of points."
Both Walkerville and Lakeshore noted that the Michigan High School Athletic Association did away with a differential rule during the offseason. Under the old rule, the clock ran continuously if a team built a 40-point lead in the second half and maintained at least a 30-point advantage.
MHSAA assistant director Nate Hampton said the association dropped the rule to meet guidelines set by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Hampton said the rule helped spare teams from embarrassment or humiliation but added that "coaching tactics or strategies" can be used instead.
A 115-2 score "is what we've been guarding against the last several years," Hampton said.
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i can relate when i was a senior in high school we were ranked in the top 10 and had to play a district game and we ended up beating this team 125 to 25 and all of us starters did not play after halftime. it was pretty much the jv playing the some of the 2nd quarter and all of the 2nd half
Here's a question...
Is 115-2 in basketball (a sport where scores are usually in the 60's) any different than 60-0 in football (where scores are usually in the 30's)?
I'm just wondering. At first I thought the coach should have pulled his players back...and personally I would have just told them all to shoot as many 3's as they could... but whatever...
Lakewood scored their two points when it was 64-0 and there was no shot clock so Walkerville could have perhaps held on to the ball just a bit. But maybe Lakeshore was fouling late to see if they could somehow pull this one out.
a winless school in a playoff game. maybe they should change the rules to say you have to win at least one game in a season to make it to the playoffs.
of course we don't want to dissappoint the kids.