INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — People say that basketball is a religion in Indiana, but – as one high school girls team found out – it’s a religion without the qualities of mercy.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Bloomington South High School crushed Arlington High School 107-2 on Tuesday night, sparking outrage and having some calling for changes in the rules to keep such blowouts from happening again.
“No, it’s not okay but (Bloomington South coach Larry Winters) will have to live with that,” said Arlington coach Ebony Jackson. “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.”
Arlington’s two points came off free throws in the first and third quarters.
Winters says that his team wasn’t trying to embarrass Arlington, noting that he had just nine players for the game and he rotated four new players every four minutes. He also said that Arlington was playing an aggressive zone defense that limited his options.
“I didn’t tell my girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing (to Arlington),” he told the Star. “We were not trying to embarrass them or run up the score.”
Bloomington South was 7-1 coming into the game, while Arlington was 0-5 and had lost 23 straight games – averaging just 17 points per game.
There is no mercy rule in the Indiana High School Athletic Association to prevent these types of blowouts. Officials say that there hadn’t been much support for such rules in the past, but that may change following Tuesday night’s steamrolling.
“We’ve had proposals in the past and they have not passed,” said Chris Kaufman assistant commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. “I’m going to assume — and I’m purely assuming — that we will probably get proposals following something like this. I can definitely foresee a day when there’s some kind of … mercy rule.”