It was totally by the rules. Nothing says you can't do it. And Willamette (Eugene, Ore.)
girls basketball coach Paul Brothers, a former Oregon State quarterback, said it was the best plan of attack to help his girls win.
But they didn't.
And there's no one who particularly liked watching it.
, which posted a 16-7 5A title-game victory Saturday in the lowest scoring championship game in the history of Oregon high school basketball.
Oregon is like a majority of states in the nation that doesn't utilize a shot clock. This game might just get one implemented nation wide.
Brothers told reporters he slowed the game to a slow snail's pace to combat Springfield's massive talent Mercedes Russell, a 6-foot-6 junior post who might just be the best 11th grader in the country.
"We've tried going toe-to-toe with them and that doesn't work," Brothers told Oregonlive.com
. "Russell is just far superior to probably just about anybody around, so we felt like we had to limit her touches."
So, after Russell made a short jumper to finish off the first quarter to take a 4-0 lead, Willamette held the ball for 7 minutes, 54 seconds of the second quarter before committing a turnover.
Halftime score: Springfield 4, Willamette 0.
End of three: Springfield 7, Willamette 1.
According to Oregonelive, Willamette tried 14 shots in the game and made two, the first coming with 5:38 to play on a 3-pointer by Brittany Glassow.
Russell led all scorers with seven points and her team made 3 of 9 from the field and was 9-for-16 at the line.
"I don't like to play that kind of game, but I like to give our kids the best chance to win," Brothers said.
Said Springfield coach Bill Wagner, whose team won its second straight title: "We don't care how we did it, we just won it. They did what they felt they needed to do and our kids had great composure with that."