Arlington girls eager to get back on court after blowout game
Tuesday night's basketball game went mostly unnoticed until the final score. That's when the Bloomington South-Arlington girls' game got national attention for its 107-2 result.
"It's something that makes you do a double-take, but unfortunately it seems to be happening more often these day in sports," an ESPN anchor said.
The fallout from that blow-out has people talking and it has sparked a conversation on TV, radio, and at the lunch counter about sportsmanship.
Nancy Snyderman on the Today Show talked about Indiana being "Bobby Knight land" and shooting until the game is over.
Calvin Thomas, the campus administrator for Arlington High School who was at Tuesday's game said, "Watching the last few moments of the game they were still scrapping, still having jump balls... They're very resilient. While they were frustrated they weren't scoring, they didn't stop."
Thomas said he gathered with the team after the game ended.
"As we huddled I told them how proud I was of the way they carried themselves for Arlington and they way they carried themselves on the court," he said.
While Arlington used to have highly competitive girls teams, it's now a turnaround school, having been taken over by the state.
With that change, enrollment dropped significantly and many athletes left. Thomas said, most of the current players had never played on a varsity team before.
Still as the game schedule had been made before the state takeover, he said Arlington decided to "honor the contract" to play Bloomington South and other schools on the schedule knowing the games wouldn't be close, but seeing them as a chance to work on skills.
It's a game many are still talking about.
We found George Grosskopf and friends having lunch at Murphy's Steakhouse. Grosskopf is in Indiana's Basketball Hall of Fame.
"I've taken some beatings as a coach and player and it's been the other way around, but no, nothing like that," he said.
Libby Claycomb added, "I know life is not fair and sometimes they're going to have to learn but that's a hard way to learn."
Still, the group said all was not lost.
"What would I tell them?" Grosskopf asked. "The same thing the coach told them, we're going to get better, hang in there and we'll do our best."
John Motes who played high school basketball with Grosskoph said, "Iwould tell them it's one of life's experiences. Basketball can be fun. Enjoy."
Thomas said the team is eager to get back on the court.
"In talking to them, they understand it was a moment in time, life is a movie not a picture, so life continues," he said.