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7 Lexington high school girls basketball players suspended for two games after fight

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Seven girls high school basketball players in Lexington have been suspended for two games after a fight between teams last week, according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

In a release, the KHSAA announced the sanctions against players from Bryan Station High School and Lafayette High School – both in Lexington.

The teams were involved in a fight on court Jan. 14, according to a statement from the KHSAA.

The fight stemmed from “an inadvertent poke to the eye” while players were scrambling for a loose ball on the floor and two players were involved in what the KHSAA said "should have been considered a fight."

The organization says the players should have been given technical fouls, but the rules were further broken when players from each team left the benches and came onto the floor.

“It is the responsibility of everyone involved, administrators, coaches, officials, fans and participants, to ensure that a safe environment for athletic competition exists,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “The actions of the involved team members placed the health and safety of all in attendance at risk of injury, not only by the lack of self-control and discipline, but by the continued involvement when the situation occurred. Thankfully, this situation did not escalate to involve fans and all other team members. Those that did remain uninvolved showed the proper level of restraint.”

Upon review of the situation, the Commissioner has handed down the following penalties:

  • Four Bryan Station student-athletes and three Lafayette student-athletes will each receive a two-game suspension.
  • Each student-athlete that is a member of the school team (at all levels) and present at the contest shall complete the sportsmanship course found on the NFHSLearn.com website. A student-athlete failing to meet this requirement shall be ineligible for any interscholastic participation if not completed by Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Both programs are hereby placed on probation, in accordance with Bylaw 27, through the 2015-16 season.
  • The principals at Bryan Station and Lafayette, in conjunction with Fayette County Schools’ administration, shall conduct a comprehensive review of sportsmanship expectations within the program.
  • The principals at Bryan Station and Lafayette shall review game management practices and determine changes necessary to prevent recurrence of this type of situation.
  • The Assigning Secretary for the officials working the game in question has confirmed his knowledge of the misapplication of the playing rules in this matter, and will review the situation with both the officials and the entirety of the association and take necessary and appropriate action.
  • A $350 fine is assessed against the girls’ basketball programs at Bryan Station and Lafayette for violation of Bylaw 15. This is not the maximum allowable fine per Bylaw 27, but a reduced amount in acknowledgment of the cooperation from both programs.

Earlier this week, the Indiana State High School Athletic Association suspended two girls basketball teams for the remainder of the season after a fight broke out between them on the court over the weekend.

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