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Girls Basketball Team Regrets Winning 100-0, Seeks Forfeit?

Friday, January 23, 2009
Associated Press

DALLAS — A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 game has a case of blowout remorse.

Now officials from the winning school say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.

In a statement Thursday on The Covenant School's Web site, the head of school said, "It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened." He went on to say that Covenant has made "a formal request to forfeit the game recognizing that a victory without honor is a great loss."

Last week Covenant, a private Christian school in Dallas, defeated Dallas Academy 100-0. Covenant was up 59-0 at halftime.

A parent who attended the game told The Associated Press that Covenant continued to make 3-pointers — even in the fourth quarter. She praised the Covenant players but said spectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.

"I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots," said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy. "At some point, they should have backed off."

Dallas Academy coach Jeremy Civello told The Dallas Morning News that the game turned into a "layup drill," with the opposing team's guards waiting to steal the ball and drive to the basket. Covenant scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and "finally eased up when they got to 100 with about four minutes left," he said.

Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with "learning differences," such as short attention spans or dyslexia.

There is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become lopsided. There is, however, "a golden rule" that should have applied in this contest, said Edd Burleson, the director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Both schools are members of this association, which oversees private school athletics in Texas.

"On a personal note, I told the coach of the losing team how much I admire their girls for continuing to compete against all odds," Burleson said. "They showed much more character than the coach that allowed that score to get out of hand. It's up to the coach to control the outcome."

Covenant coach Micah Grimes and head of school Kyle Queal did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday.

In the statement on the Covenant Web site, Queal said the game "does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community."

Queal said school officials met with Dallas Academy officials to apologize and praised "each member of the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team for their strength, composure and fortitude in a game in which they clearly emerged the winner." Civello said he appreciated the gesture and has accepted the apology "with no ill feelings."

At a shootaround Thursday, several Dallas Academy players said they were frustrated during the game but felt it was a learning opportunity. They also said they are excited about some of the attention they are receiving from the loss, including an invitation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to see an NBA game from his suite.

"Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing," said Shelby Hyatt, a freshman on the team. "Keep trying, and it's going to be OK."

Peloza said the coach and other parents praised the Dallas Academy girls afterward for limiting Covenant to 12 points in the fourth quarter. She added that neither her daughter nor her teammates seemed to dwell on the loss.

"Somewhere during that game they got caught up in the moment," Peloza said of the Covenant players, fans and coaches. "Our girls just moved on. That's the happy part of the story."
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  • Pearl 2009/01/30 05:38:48
    It's all about sportsmanship and fairness!
    If they won fair and sqaure more power to them. There is always a winner and a loser this girls should not have to feel bad or anything remorse or lower their standards. This is more Politcal abuse of Being Politicly correct and its BULLSHIT!
  • mike 2009/01/24 13:10:15
    It's all about sportsmanship and fairness!
    This day and age we are constantly hearing and complaining about poor sportsmanship from pros...this is about a lack of respect....when you have such a lead as they had...most teams "slack off a bit"....running up the score for someones own personal egos was an embarassment to the winning school...it showed a lack of class....They must have realized this once the euphoria wore off....I give credit to a bunch of young girls that didnt quit even at such a lopsided score...not to a winning team who forgot about repect and the lack of teaching it.
  • Dr. Hotensecksy 2009/01/24 07:57:48
    We play to have fun, but we also play to win!
    Dr. Hotensecksy
    it's nothing they should be proud of but what is more embarrassing a 100-0 score or having the other team out there holding on to the ball taking shot clock violations for no reason and running out the time, the game should not have been scheduled but the team should also not forfeit the game
  • Denny 2009/01/24 06:16:41
    Winning is what it's all about!
    The ones to blame for this is the school. Why would you schedule anything like that? I'm sorry I can't find any fault with the girls, They were trained and practiced to take those shots and play good defense. Not seeing the game so I don't know if the coach should have put in the scrubs in after the first quarter.
  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2009/01/24 05:39:03
    We play to have fun, but we also play to win!
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    Girls are brutal!!
  • jrtmanmd 2009/01/24 05:15:32
    We play to have fun, but we also play to win!
    Have fun, but always play to win! Don't apologize because the other team sucked! LOL

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