The Duncanville (Texas) girls basketball team is the latest to win a basketball game by a score that is hard to even fathom. Tuesday night, the Panthers defeated Grand Prairie, 91-1.
As Duncanville head coach Cathy Self-Morgan described it to the Dallas Morning News, her team was in a “no-win situation.”
“We played our regular game for three minutes, and then we put in the subs and sat back in a two-three zone,” Cathy Self-Morgan said. “And we never play that.”
Duncanville (16-1) finished last year as the nation’s No. 1 team after going 39-0 and winning its third state title in five seasons. This year, the Panthers entered this season ranked No. 17 in the country. On the other hand, Grand Prairie (1-13) has lost six games by more than 40 points, and it plays in District 7-6A with Duncanville.
While Self-Morgan had her players switch to a zone defense to limit scoring, it was still 44-0 at the end of the first quarter. Twelve players scored for Duncanville, but no player had more than 13 points. The Panthers shot a staggering 80 percent from the floor and turned the ball over just once.
The game adds to a growing list that have occurred in recent years. In February, Gilmour Academy defeated Northeast Ohio Prep, 108-1, in an Ohio Division III Sectional tournament game. That came just a month after Clovis West (Calif.) defeated Rivera-Los Angeles, 114-9.
Calling it “a perfect storm,” Self-Morgan alluded to the fact that there is no instruction manual for dealing with a game like Tuesday night’s.
“I could tell them to just throw the ball around the outside, but that almost seems worse for the other team,” Self-Morgan told the Morning News. “I didn’t know what else we could do.”
A no-win situation, indeed.