Tuesday, January 19, 2016

High school girl's basketball teams have seasons suspended for ugly brawl (VIDEO)

Two Indianapolis high school girls basketball teams which engaged in a benches-clearing brawl Saturday night — a melee that reportedly involved punching, pushing, shoving and stomping — will now have their seasons, and postseasons, cancelled after the state school athletic board took a firm stand against the seemingly increasing rash of violent sports incidents.

Ben Davis High School and Pike High School were in the fourth quarter when one player was fouled; a cell phone video taken during the game then shows a fight break out, with benches clearing and fans rushing the court.

"I know that everyone has seen the video and there is going to be the day that somebody gets catastrophically injured," said Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Bobby Cox, who handed out punishments to both teams on Monday.

The IHSAA ended both teams' seasons and they have been suspended from playing in February's state tournament.

Last year, the IHSAA suspended the seasons of two boy's basketball teams after another wild brawl on the court.

The coaches involved will be required to take a role-modeling and behavior course from the national federation and every student athlete in the basketball program will be required to take the sportsmanship course.

Both teams, who reportedly engaged in trash-talking throughout the matchup, will be on probation with the association next season.

The violent game will stand as a double-forfeit, and it is up to school administrators to discipline individual players involved in the scuffle.

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