A fight erupted in a local Indiana girls high school basketball game which resulted to the cancellation of both schools’ seasons. The brawl happened last Saturday between Pike and Ben Davis High Schools, leading to an all-out melee which saw one girl in orange stomping what appeared to be a downed opposing player in white.
According to IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox, tensions were running high throughout the very physical game, but that the ultimate result was “unacceptable.”
“When we have these things occur, it’s unacceptable and we hope the message is it’s not going to be tolerated,” Cox said.
The commissioner says tensions were running high through the entire game before the fight.
“It was a physical game, a lot of fouls were called,” Cox said. “I think our contest officials did everything in their power to keep that game under control. The coaches did as well.”
The commissioner said the discipline was not the most severe his organization could have imposed. He added that discipline of individual players will be up to their school’s administration to decide.
As a part of their punishment, coaches from both sides will have to take behavioral courses, while players will need to take sportsmanship courses. Both teams will also not be able to play in this year’s state tournament and will be on probation for the entire next season.
This is the amateur video footage of the incident: