The national debate continues.
Are the talent and skill levels between girls basketball teams generally too great or do coaches of said teams simply not know how to manage lopsided games?
The question has come up again, this time in Michigan after Cass Tech (Detroit)
actually pitched a shutout, 80-0 over Osborn (Detroit)
Yes, that's a girls basketball score.
Afterward, Cass Tech coach Marissa Thrower immediately tried to nip the debate in the bud to Detroit Free Press reporter Perry A. Farrell
"It was Senior Night, our last home game," Thrower said. "Don't make me out to be a bad guy. We did not press Osborn. My starters. … they played about six minutes the entire game. I don't know what to do in a situation like that."
Thrower said there was a running clock the entire second half.
"As a former athlete myself, you never want to see anything like that," she said. "You hear about stuff like this. You want it to be a competitive game. It was just a bad situation. A mismatch."
It comes less than a month after a California team more than doubled Cass' score, and the coach was suspended. Arroyo Valley (San Bernardino, Calif.)
defeated Bloomington 161-2 on Jan. 5 and coach Michael Anderson was suspended for a game
. Since that game, Arroyo Valley (20-1) has won games by scores of 80-19, 78-28, 82-20, 77-28, 61-54 and 98-20. Earlier in the year, it won 110-12.
Arroyo Valley isn't nearly the only team scrutinized for its lopsided wins. The most famous case nationally came in 2009 when Covenant (Dallas)
, a private Christian school, posted a 100-0 win over Dallas Academy
The Covenant School coach Micah Grimes was later fired
for not apologizing for the lopsided defeat. Grimes said the day of the game that his girls "played with honor and integrity." The next day Kyle Queal, the headmaster for Covenant School, said the blowout was "shameful" and later fired Grimes.