Last night, on an otherwise great night of high school hoops around Kentucky, one score stood out on the Riherds KHSAA scoreboard.
Phelps 63 Piarist School 5
How does a game like this happen?
I'm sure there are many folks who will say that games like this are necessary since Piarist School is a member of the KHSAA in the 15th Region (59th District).
Last season, Piarist School finished 5-15 overall but was at least competitive...well, they kept most losses within 30 points or so.
A closer look at Piarist School's roster for this season shows 9 kids ranging from 7th grade to 10th grade and a lone senior. To be specific:
- 7th Grade - 1
- 8th Grade - 3
- 9th Grade - 1
- 10th Grade - 4
- 11th Grade - 0
- 12th Grade - 1
I understand that the situation is dire and I would bet that the coaches and even the players from Piarist School know what they are up against night-in and night-out.
Heck, Piarist School was down 39-1 at the half.
@awireman it was 39-1 at the half. Not good taste, that's for sure.— Bluegrass Basketball (@BluegrassBball) December 2, 2015
I'm not here to blast Phelps or any other team that beats Piarist School like a drum this season. For now, it is what it is.
But, let me just say: I absolutely hate games like this.
This is a no win situation for everyone involved.
For Phelps and every other team who dismantles Piarist School this season, they will be hammered for destroying a young, helpless opponent. There is no value in playing a team like this. It's not even really a good opportunity to practice.
For Piarist School (there are a few other schools in this situation, as well), their kids (that's a key word: kids) are going to be on the bad end of blowouts throughout the season. Even if they fully understand their situation, that is tough to deal with. It's tough for kids...tough for parents...tough for coaches.
Tough for the winning team. Tough for the winning players. Tough for the winning coaches.
What can be done to prevent these games?
I don't have a viable solution outside of just playing matador defense and allowing a layup drill during the game, but let me be clear: I absolutely hate games like this.