The South Carolina High School League announced it will allow the girls basketball teams from Timberland (St. Stephen) and Andrews to take part in the postseason after a brief investigation into a fight Friday night. Twelve players — six on each team and all 10 on the court at the time of the incident — were ejected.
However, suspensions have been issued based on each player’s involvement in the fight, according to a news release. It was not clear how many players were suspended or how long each suspension will be.
Timberland opens the season Tuesday against Waccamaw.
The South Carolina High School League will review game tape from Friday night’s brawl involving the girls basketball teams for Timberland (St. Stephen) and Andrews.
The fourth-quarter brawl, which included the involvement of spectators, led to the ejection of 12 players — six from each team — according to multiple reports. The ejected players included all 10 in the game at the time.
It is likely the players will face suspensions in the postseason, which begins next week.
According to Andrews coaching staff, via the South Strand News, one of their players was hit by a Timberland player and the Andrews player responded. According to the Berekley Independent, a player pulled an opponent’s hair and then threw a punch before the whistle blew during a battle for a loose ball.
From there, other players got involved, including players off the bench.
“I was in shock then and I think I’m still in shock,” Timberland coach Azure Agnew told The Independent. “It’s unfortunate and terrible.”
Andrews was leading 28-25 at the time of the fight. The game resumed once order was restored and Timberland came back to win 42-38.
Here are some tweets from reporters on the scene: