Basketball Final: 115-2
Nov. 22, 2002
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DETROIT (AP) _ Walkerville 115, Lakeshore 2.
And it could have been worse. A lot worse.
``What do you tell our girls? Not to play?'' Walkerville High athletic director Ron Stoneman said after his school beat winless Hart Lakeshore Public Academy in a girl's basketball playoff game.
``It had the potential to be really, really bad.''
The blowout left Lakeshore academic director Steve Hamilton concerned about a lack of sportsmanship.
``To me, if you run up the score like that, you have to answer for yourself,'' Hamilton said. ``I have my doubts about a school that would go and run up a school by 100 points.''
Walkerville coach Steve Kirwin said he doesn't schedule teams like Lakeshore _ with a student body of 50 in the final four grades _ during the regular season. But during the playoffs, ``You play who they tell you to play.''
Kirwin said he promoted girls from the junior varsity and freshmen teams, and did not use his normal full-court press against overmatched Lakeshore on Tuesday.
By halftime, Kirwin said, three girls hadn't scored. So he said only they could shoot. But after they scored, then what? Still, the league does not use a shot clock.
``I'm not going to tell my kids to not continue to play,'' Kirwin said. ``It's not that we wanted to score a ton of points.''
Walkerville's Wendi Kirwin scored 26, and freshman Maggie Davidson added 21 in her first varsity game.
Melissa Hawley dropped in Lakeshore's only basket _ which came early in the third quarter, when the score was 64-0.
Walkerville came back Thursday and beat Pentwater 75-25.
Both Walkerville and Lakeshore noted that the Michigan High School Athletic Association did away with a differential rule during the offseason. Under the old rule, the clock ran continuously if a team built a 40-point lead in the second half and maintained at least a 30-point advantage.
MHSAA assistant director Nate Hampton said the association dropped the rule to meet guidelines set by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Hampton said the rule helped spare teams from embarrassment or humiliation but added that ``coaching tactics or strategies'' can be used instead.
A 115-2 score ``is what we've been guarding against the last several years,'' Hampton said.
Hamilton said that despite the score, the Lakeshore girls were upbeat. The school, he said, doesn't think Walkerville deliberately ran up the score. He noted that Walkerville has scored over 100 before, including a 102-19 win on Monday night.
``I'm proud of our girls,'' Hamilton said. ``They hung in there the whole time. ``That's a real display of character, I think.''