IHSAA suspends two girls high school basketball teams over fight
The Indiana State High School Athletic Association has suspended two girls basketball teams for the remainder of the season after a fight broke out between them on the court over the weekend.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Indiana State High School Athletic Association has suspended two girls basketball teams for the remainder of the season after a fight broke out between them on the court over the weekend.
The commissioner announced Monday the remainder of the 2015-2016 season would be canceled for Pike High School and Ben Davis High School’s varsity girls basketball teams.
The punishment comes in the wake of a fight between the two teams Saturday night on the court during a game, which will be recorded as a double forfeit.
IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox made the announcement Monday and the IHSAA issued a statement on the ruling.
“In the fourth quarter of the contest, a violent fight erupted between the teams where benches cleared and fans rushed onto the court. The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. maintains by-laws that speak to the administrative responsibilities of a member school during interscholastic competition as well as the conduct, character and discipline of students and coaches,” the statement reads.
In light of the suspension, both teams will be suspended from the state tournament and neither school will receive revenue from it.
Remaining regular season games have been canceled, but freshmen and JV games will be played with players who were not at the game Saturday. If school administrators can determine one or more of the players did not leave the bench during the fight, they will also be allowed to play.
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