A central Indiana girls high school basketball game turned into a rout Tuesday night when Bloomington South High School beat Arlington High School by a final score of 107-2.
The shocking score line has sparked outrage, not for the embarrassed losers but for the winners who have been accused of unsportsman-like behavior after running up the massive score.
‘(The score) is probably not what we would like to see,’ said Chris Kaufman, spokesman for the Indiana High School Athletic Association, which doesn’t have a so-called mercy rule.
Also known by the slightly less polite term slaughter rule, the mercy rule brings a sports event to an early end when one team has a commanding lead over the other.
It is called the mercy rule because it spares the losing team the humiliation of suffering a massacre. While extremely rare in competitive sports, it is common at a high school level.
Defending his team’s victory, Bloomington coach Larry Winters told RTV6 that he played all nine girls on the team during the game.
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