For the second consecutive year, a girls basketball game in California has resulted in a team capturing a victory by more than 100 points. For the second consecutive year, people are asking questions about a coach’s ethics in letting a game get so out of hand, all while the coaches themselves defend their teams’ dominant performances.
As reported by the Fresno Bee, 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. According to the Bee, Clovis West led 42-3 by the end of the first quarter, 74-3 after two periods and 103-7 entering the final period. Despite the setback, Rivera has actually already won four games this season. Eight Clovis West players scored more individually than Rivera did as a team.
Last January, 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.
The Bee and other outlets defended the conduct of Clovis West coach Craig Campbell for allowing his team to build such a lead in a one-sided contest. Campbell said he stopped the team’s usual full-court press within the first four minutes when he realized the opponent would not be able to get across halfcourt.
“We weren’t trying to get 100,” Campbell told the Bee. “We weren’t trying to get a record. It was nothing to celebrate at all. It almost feels like an emotional hangover as opposed to something you’re happy about.”
The blowout, as well as its 2015-16 predecessor against Chavez-Stockton, are the latest chapter in an ugly saga of isolated ugly girls basketball blowouts nationwide. Previous notable results have included a 179-15 California rout noted for the 105 points scored by Cheryl Miller in 1982, the 2009 Covenant School-Dallas Academy 100-0 blowout brouhaha, among others. You can read about them all right here. Last season also saw a 125-13 victory in Pennsylvania by Holy Redeemer in Wilkes Barre against NMI Prep.
For the moment, eyes will continue to gravitate toward Clovis West and coach Craig Campbell, waiting for an apology that seems exceedingly unlikely to ever come.
“We weren’t trying to get 100,” Campbell told the Bee. “We weren’t trying to get a record. It was nothing to celebrate at all. It almost feels like an emotional hangover as opposed to something you’re happy about.
“We never have nor will we ever intentionally rub someone’s nose in it. But this was one of those games where it could have been a 200-point win – had we wanted that.”