Utah school officials are in deep debate over a shocking development at the girls basketball game between Christian Heritage High and West Ridge Academy. Drugs? Violence? No, the score. After Christian Heritage High won 108-3, many are crying foul and demanding to know why the CHH coach did not slow his “Crusaders” down and force them to give up points.
The one-sided game was obvious from the start: Christian Heritage scored 28 points per quarter for the first three periods and 24 in the fourth.
Jamie Keefer, West Ridge’s athletic director and a coach for the girls’ team insisted “I don’t know why the score was that high, or what the point was. I don’t think it would’ve happened that way if it were the other way around.” Well, I would suggest it is because one team was a lot better. However, I do not subscribe to the idea that kids should play to lose points. Sometimes you are up against a better team and you lose. That is what happens in sports and in life.
There is now a call, however, for a “mercy rule” to avoid future games with lopsided scores.
Crusaders coach Rob McGill said that he only had his starters and could not swap out players. However, he felt that slowing the ball down and obviously giving up points would be insulting. I agree. I would certainly have hoped that the coach would have put in non-starters if he could, but now there is a debate to have a “mercy rule” to avoid lopsided games. What do you think?