Fight involving players and fans halts girls basketball game in Indiana

Fight involving players and fans halts girls basketball game in Indiana

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Fight involving players and fans halts girls basketball game in Indiana

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Players from Ben Davis and Pike fight in the fourth quarter of the game as fans and players spilled on to the court. (Photo: Indianapolis Star)

Players from Ben Davis and Pike fight in the fourth quarter of the game as fans and players spilled on to the court. (Photo: Indianapolis Star)

 

UPDATE:

The Indiana High School Athletic Association had issued penalties for the incident, canceling the remainder of the season for both schools. Read more on the penalties and comments from the IHSAA by clicking here.

EARLIER:

The high school girls basketball game between Pike and Ben Davis in Indianapolis was called with five minutes left in the fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon due to a fight that appeared to involve players and fans.

Video on social media showed both players and fans on the court at Ben Davis, though it’s unclear what instigated the incident. Pike was leading 57-41 at the time.

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“It’s unfortunate,” said Pike principal Troy Inman, who was at Southport on Saturday night because the Pike boys team was playing Lawrence North in the Marion County tournament championship . “You never want to see that happen. Sportsmanship should always be the top priority.”

Inman said administrators from both schools are scheduled to meet with the Indiana High School Athletic Association on Monday after the video of the incident is reviewed.

Ben Davis issued a statement, saying the incident is “not representative of our values, beliefs or how we coach our student athletes. It is not reflective of the Ben Davis pride our students, alumni, and community share. And it certainly does reflect the rich tradition and success of our girls basketball team.”

The IHSAA came down hard on Griffith and Hammond following a fight in a boys game last season, suspending both teams for the season. A civil court judge issued a temporary restraining order, allowing both teams to play in the tournament. Griffith made it to the Class 3A state championship game.

Pike was 14-4 entering the game and ranked No. 10 in Class 4A. Jason Hohlt is in his first year as coach. Ben Davis, coached by veteran Joe Lentz, was 13-5 going into the game.

The Indianapolis Star contributed to this report.

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