Should this High School Girls Basketball apologize for beating another team? Details inside->?
108-3 girls basketball rout raises questions
By Cameron Smith
It's been called unsportsmanlike. It's been called ugly. The question now is what whether Christian Heritage (Utah) High, which routed West Ridge (Utah) Academy, 108-3, in a girls basketball game last week, actually did anything wrong by blowing out an overwhelmed opponent.
The stunning scoreline -- from a varsity game in which Christian Heritage reportedly never used a full court press -- nearly defies belief. As reported in the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune, Christian Heritage scored 28 points per quarter for the first three periods and 24 in the fourth, providing a consistent average of nearly two baskets per minute across the entire game. The Crusaders shut out West Ridge, pictured running on to the court for the team's game following the rout above, for the first three quarters, and Christian Heritage starter Josi Rydin even racked up a unique triple-double, with exactly 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.
Yet while Christian Heritage is a clear and obvious target for criticism, Crusaders coach Rob McGill has argued that he had little choice. According to ABC 4 News out of Salt Lake City, the program had just nine players available for both the varsity and junior varsity games against West Ridge, leaving the coach with little option when considering whether to pull out his starters early in the game.
And with his starters still in the game, McGill decided it would be more disrespectful to slow the ball down and pass around the perimeter than continuing to run the team's offense.
"I have been on the other side of this equation," McGill told ABC 4. "It was very insulting when teams slowed the ball down and just passed it around. That's why I'd rather have a team play me straight up, and that's why I played them straight up. Because I didn't want to taunt them, I didn't want to embarrass them, I didn't want them to think we could do whatever we want."
While Christian Heritage has already apologized for the lopsided scoreline and administrators at West Ridge have said the school harbors no ill will and has moved on from the incident, there are still lingering concerns about what could happen when the teams play again. The two are scheduled to match back up on February 3 for the second half of the schools' home-and-home league meetings.
Much of that concern comes from McGill's personal philosophy. The coach said he refuses to force his players to back down just because they have all but assured a victory, citing a desire to promote values that he feels are limited by contemporary culture.
"Too many people in the world right now allow the youth to not be as good as they can be, allow them to be lazy," said McGill. "Here, I'm giving them an opportunity to live up to the best of their abilities and be proud of what they're able to accomplish. If that's what I'm being blamed for, then OK, I accept it."
That "commitment to excellence" comes at a cost. In this case, it was the ego of teenage girls that was affected by the effective implementation of McGill's personal philosophy. Given that West Ridge is a school for at-risk youth, those egos in question may be even more fragile than most.
Of course, Christian Heritage is hardly the first school to come under fire for running up a huge scoreline against an overwhelmed opponent. Last year, Yates (Texas) High was roundly criticized for a 170-35 rout during it's undefeated, 34-0 national title campaign. Like McGill, Yates coach Greg Wise has routinely been attacked for his penchant for pushing his team to score as many points as possible, regardless of the foe, a contention which was raised again this year when an opponent intentionally stopped trying to score just to keep Yates from scoring 100 points.
- Adam DLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Apologizing, or worse, not blowing out the next team that can't keep pace, is incredibly counterproductive to the losing opponents. It sends the message that if you can't hack it, it's ok, someone will come along and take care of you, someone will take it easy on you. Life doesn't take it easy on people. Failure and loss to superior opponents are realities. If we don't teach young people how to deal with these things, what happens when they're out on their own and forced to deal with them?
There are times and places to consider people's feelings. Competition is not one.
- mattapan26Lv 79 years ago
West Ridge may want to determine whether they are in the right league or conference if all their competition is doing this to them. By the same token, if Christian Heritage is blowing everyone out, maybe they need to be in a tougher league. You sometimes see this in early season college games, when Kansas will play the New England Tractor Trailer School (joke) or some other mismatch.
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- Beatle fanaticLv 79 years ago
The team shouldn't apologize at all. Why should the winning team play differently just because the other team stinks?
If a team is overmatched in a certain league than maybe the people that run the league should move that team to a different league that they can be competitive in.
- Eddie HLv 79 years ago
Did lakers apologize to Cavs this year for beating them
by 57 points?
it is part of the game. the losing team coach has no idea
how to stop the winning team's offense, it is not the winning
- Anonymous9 years ago
Nope. That's sports. Some1 has 2 win. 1 team always plays better than the other
- Anonymous9 years ago
I read that yesterday, and when I read it, I thought no.
Why? The team has the right to play as hard as they want, no matter the opponent. Everyone must give 100% until the buzzer! The
- EricaLv 79 years ago
No, I don't believe they should apologize. They're in the same basketball league & they were against each-other in a game. The girls are all the same age. Although that team could have toned it down a bit, they shouldn't have to apologize for being talented. The coach of the losing team should be the one apologizing to his team for being a crappy coach lol
But hey, that's just my opinion.
- 5 years ago
Heck no because they can't help the other team sucks ***. Also same in life life doesn't take it easy on anyone