In an obvious case of a good team meeting a not-as-good team, a high school girls basketball squad in Southern California beat their opponents, 161-2 — and it’s not even the record for the most points scored by a team in a game in the state’s history.
After Arroyo Valley High School of San Bernardino, Calif., beat non-league opponent, Bloomington, by 159 points, there was almost as much finger-pointing as points from the winning team, the San Bernardino Sun reported.
Arroyo Valley (14-1), which is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, had already won games by 98, 81, 74, 73 and 67 points earlier this season.
And Bloomington (0-9) had already lost one game this season by 91 points.
“People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way,” Bloomington coach Dale Chung told The Sun.
Chung said Arroyo Valley played a full-court press for all of the first half, which ended with Bloomington trailing, 104-1. Arroyo Valley coach Michael Anderson called off the press after the first half but switched to a half-court trap for the third quarter before retreating in the fourth, which was played with a running clock.
“I didn’t play any starters in the second half,” Anderson said. “I didn’t expect (Bloomington) to be that bad. I’m not trying to embarrass anybody. And I didn’t expect my bench to play that well. I had one (bench) player make 8 of 9 3s.”
Anderson said he didn’t post the lop-sided score to Maxpreps.com and didn’t report the game to media outlets. But a picture of the scoreboard with the final score was posted to the team’s Facebook page before the page was deleted Thursday night.
“The game just got away from me,” he said.
Five years ago, a coach in Texas was fired for not apologizing for a 100-0 win. He said his team played the way they were taught, with honor and integrity.
In hindsight, Anderson said he should have pulled his starters after the first quarter and “I wouldn’t play the game at all.”
He was reprimanded after the game.
"He’s a great X’s and O’s coach. Ethically? Not so much," said Chung. "He knows what he did was wrong."
The 161 points is the second-most by a girls varsity team in California history, eclipsed only by the 179 points Riverside Poly scored against Riverside Norte Vista on Jan. 26, 1982. Cheryl Miller scored 105 points in the 179-15 win.