Questions raised over high school basketball blowout, 107-2
It's not what Indiana basketball is known for. The Bloomington South High School girls basketball team beat Arlington High School by 107-2 on Tuesday night. The game was the talk of social media and radio Wednesday.
Arlington's team is inexperienced, with many of its players transferring to stay in Indianapolis Public Schools after Arlington was taken over by a private company before the season started. That left a team with few skills and almost no experience.
First-year Arlington coach Ebony Jackson says was disappointed with how Bloomington South (8-1) handled the game. Her team is 0-6 this year and has lost 23 straight games.
Still, administrators at Arlington say there's a big disparity not only in the obvious mismatch of talent, but also in the schools' populations.
"Bloomington South, just like Arlington, practices every day; there's games on the schedule you just wanna go out there and play," said James Wonnell, Ed Power (Arlington) athletic director. "From my understanding, Bloomington South played all of their girls and played the girls that usually come off the bench quite a bit last night and did everything they could to try to make the score - for lack of a better term - as nice as it could be."
Designated as a turn-around school, enrollment at Arlington has been cut in half. IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox says his organization needs to revisit classification and the possibility of a mercy rule.
"When the score becomes so lopsided that a running clock could be instituted, worst case scenario, the game could be stopped. Indiana doesn't have a mercy rule or a point differential rule right now," he said.
Bloomington South issued this statement:
"We understand the media perception of last night's game. The girls on both teams played hard and continued to complete the entire game. To do anything less by either team would have been demeaning. Arlington came out and worked on their player development, as did we. The long-standing reputation of our programs and coach is one that would validate this information. We regret any unintended consequences that may have resulted from this competition."
To underscore the point, Northwest beat Manual, another takeover school, Tuesday night 61-6 in girls basketball.