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Girls High School Basketball Blowout Sparks Debate


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A high school girls basketball game played in Indianapolis Tuesday night is stirring up debate about  Indiana's lack of a "mercy rule."


Bloomington South defeated Arlington of Indianapolis 107-2. Arlington's only points came on free throws in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.  Bloomington South Coach Larry Winters told the Bloomington Herald Times that he rotated all of his 9 players. The halftime score was 65-1.

Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Commissioner Bobby Cox says the state uses National Federal of Basketball Rules book as a guideline. Cox says there is a note that allows a state's association by adoption to institute a running clock when a specific point differential is reached at a specific time in the game.

Cox says the IHSAA has not been approached about implementing a "mercy rule". Cox says Bloomington South is a large school with a strong girls basketball program, which is currently ranked 3rd in the state, and Arlington is going through a rebuilding phase after the school was taken over.

Cox says he will speak with principals and athletic administrators from both schools about the game. He also says this game will likely spur conversation about implementing a "mercy rule" in the state.


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