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By Matt McCoy
Why is a high school girls basketball game in Indiana getting national attention? Check out the scoreboard...that's why.
The photo, which was circulated by Max Preps.com on Twitter is the final tally from the Bloomington South victory over Arlington High School in Indianapolis. 107-2...seriously.
According to the IndyChannel.com Arlington's only point came on free throws in the second and third quarters. Chris Kaufman, a spokesman for the Indiana High School Athletic Association told RTV6 in Indianapolis that the score is "probably not what we would like to see." Now there's an understatment.
Since I didn't see a second of the game and so far, the details of how it was played are sketchy at best, I don't want to clobber Bloomington South. Their coach, Larry Winters, told RTV6 that he played all nine girls on the team. Perhaps the game was 'one of those things' and it just snowballed.
Having said that, sports in high school are played not only for school spirit, and the team experience...they're not only played so kids learn life lessons and grow together and compete....They're also played with the hope that in each game both teams benefit. Hopefully, the players on each team learn and improve.
In a game decided by 105 points, those objectives are an impossibility. A 107-2 game isn't making either team better. It didn't help the Bloomington South players and it didn't help the Arlington kids and I have to believe at some point it ceased being fun.
I know high school teams have to fill schedules and have to play games but when the talent gap produces a 107-2 score, there's no point in playing. Hopefully these teams don't schedule each other again...and if they do, let's hope it's a beneficial competitive experience.
Capital Buzzer Beater
Congratulations to Capital's Michael Sommer, who is becoming a YouTube and social media star.
Saturday night, Capital downed Baldwin Wallace 64-63 on Sommer's dramatic, Christian Laettner-like shot. In fact Sommer's was more impressive than Laettner's 1992 regional final shot that carried Duke past Kentucky. In Sommer's case, the ball was deflected toward the sideline and he had to chase it down, turn and shoot. An awesome finish with an awesome reaction from the Capital fans. If you haven't seen it, enjoy...and for comparisons sake, below it is Laettner's famous shot.