Christian School's Sportsmanship Scrutinized after 108 to 3 Loss

Some Utah high school sports fans are crying foul, accusing a girl’s basketball team of running up the score and beating a school for at-risk kids 108 to 3.

On Tuesday night the West Ridge Academy girls basketball team lost by 105 points to Christian Heritage.

West Ridge backers say Christian Heritage School was not sportsmanlike with the win, accusing them of piling on the points and keeping their starting line-up in the entire game.

“Were they running up the score or could they have done something different? I don't know. I wasn't there. But most teams have their J.V. dressed because they know we are not that great,” said Jamie Keefer, West Ridge Academy Athletic Director.

West Ridge says most of the girls on their team have not been involved in sports before. The academy is for kids that are struggling with drugs or family issues.

After the fallout, Christian Heritage School contacted West Ridge and apologized for the game.

The two schools will face off once again on February 3

(Copyright 2011 Four Points Media.)

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  • by Ed Location: Runnemede NJ on Jan 30, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    At first hearing about this I thought it was a complete joke. But after reading and listening it was not a joke but sad. Sad that a coach of a Christian school would even allow this to happen. I believe his statement was the other team would not have wanted them to slow down. Does he really believe what he is saying? Does he really think that was the right thing to do? Apologizing does not take away the improper use of a coaching position and mostly "Christian Values". That should not be the way in our society but it is. I pray for those kids that the lesson they learn is not to take advantage of something, or someone just because they can. This to me was bullying on the court. Coach you should go back to coaching 101, SPORTSMANSHIP, learn it please. The school should take a look at this coach. Thanks you and God Bless.
  • by Shane Lucy on Jan 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM
    I am sorry but what are they really supposed to due. you commend the other team for not forfeiting but condemn the other team for continuing to play. In Basketball you take every opportunity to score as reasonably possible. You do not run the clock unless it is close and giving the other team the ball could cost you your lead. Perhaps the other team will look at this monumental failure and learn where they need to improve. by the way the clock dose not stop when you score. Continually scoring is the fastest way to run the clock down.
  • by Really? Location: Arizona on Jan 28, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    I want to commend W. Ridge Academy players & coach. Even though it was a miss match they stayed in the game. That is class & drive. W. Ridge showed tremendous courage & drive that will be benefit them in real life situations. I always tell my kids to never quit & finish the task at hand, it will make you stronger. W.Ridge's team/coach should hold their heads up high for having such courage to not quit. However, Christian Academy needs to take a step back & ask why are they playing basketball.It's a sport. They didn't show any sportsmanship by running up the score. Bring in your bench,pass the ball to run the clock, don't press, etc.Their coach justified the behavior. The school should've taken an immediate stand by saying it is not what they stand for. Let's ask WWJD if He played basketball? Respectfully saying, I think Jesus wouldn't feel the need to try to humiliate another team. What should you do from this point on? I think you should pray and ask God for guidance in your lives.


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