That's quite a defense—that's for sure.
It may even take the best defense in the world to beat a team 107-2 in basketball, which is what the Bloomington South girls basketball team did to Arlington on Tuesday night.
And instead of being met with reverence and adoration, the Bloomington South team is being destroyed in the court of public opinion for what some perceive as a complete disregard of sportsmanship. Running up the score is one thing, but blowing a team out by 105 points is another.
After the game, Arlington coach Ebony Jackson questioned the judgment of Bloomington South coach Larry Winters, telling Nat Newell of The Indianapolis Star, "No, it’s not OK, but he will have to live with that. If that’s how they want to carry themselves, that’s fine. I’m focused on me and mine and we’ll just keep going."
According to Newell, however, Winters tried his best to avoid embarrassing his opponent, but there was only so much he could do.
In addition to switching up his rotation every four minutes, Winters told Newell, "I didn’t tell my girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing [to Arlington]. We were not trying to embarrass them or run up the score."
Didn't Winters do the best he could? Judging from Newell's report that prior to Tuesday's game, Arlington was in the midst of a 22-game losing streak and averaged 17 points per game, it seems as though Arlington just ran into an opponent with which it truly couldn't contend. Jackson's squad clearly didn't play its best game, and that game just happened to come against a team that was already far out of Arlington's league.
A mercy rule—which Winters is in favor of but Jackson is not, according to Newell—would have been the clear answer here. It would have stopped the game before it got out of hand, before the Arlington team was completely demoralized and before Bloomington South looked like the bad guy.
Jackson isn't a fan of the mercy rule, but what other solution is there to this debacle? She said that the way Bloomington South conducted itself was "not OK," but she also said she wouldn't have wanted the game to be called.
What would her solution be, then? For the Bloomington South players to stop trying?
If a mercy rule isn't going to be implemented, maybe these two teams just shouldn't play each other anymore. It seems like the best solution to avoid another controversial and embarrassing outcome—for both sides.