GATES MILLS, Ohio — The Gilmour Academy girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Northeast Ohio Prep, 108-1, Wednesday night. Yes, 108-1.
Gilmour, the top seed in the Division III Sectional Tournament, beat the No. 13 seeded NEO after taking a 72-1 halftime lead.
The win advances the Lancers to the sectional final on Saturday against Wickliffe, the No. 11 seed.
Gilmour coach Bob Buetel said his team did not run up the score. Gilmour subbed in freshmen early and he said he told the opposing coach to take as many timeouts as he needed, offering up Gimour’s timeouts should NEO run out. He also said Gilmour let NEO shoot, noting the team went 0-for-28 from the field and 1-for-4 from the line.
“We did what we had to do to respect the game and respect our opponent and I’m really proud of the way our kids responded,” Buetel told Fox 8 in Cleveland. “I was real proud of the way the girls responded because they did nothing to disrespect that team. We are not going to try and embarrass anybody, we are not going to disrespect anybody, you have to do the fundamental things right.”
Northeast Ohio Prep finished its season at 1-12. The school issued a statement Wednesday:
“On Wednesday, February 17, our Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School girls basketball team played Gilmour Academy. While the final score did not result in our favor, the entire I CAN SCHOOLS network of campuses is extremely proud of the comradery and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game. At Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School, our scholars are taught to embody respect, responsibility, and relentlessness. All three characteristics were on display yesterday. We faced an incredibly talented team, and we congratulate Gilmour Academy on their victory and pursuit of a championship.”
The game adds to the long pantheon of high school blowouts that we’ve seen recently, especially in girls basketball.
In early January, Clovis West knocked off fellow California program Rivera-Los Angeles by a final score of 114-9. The 105-point victory marked the second time that Clovis West has scored more than 100 points and held an opponent to single digits in the same game.
In January 2015, the San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley’s girl’s basketball team beat Bloomington by a final score of 161-2. Arroyo Valley head coach Michael Anderson was suspended for two games.