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Blowout basketball game stirring up controversy

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Gilmour Academy girls basketball team defeated Northeast Ohio Preparatory School 108-1. Gilmour won on the court, but they're catching most of the backlash of the 107 point victory. 

Principal of Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School, Dr. Veda Giles-Weeks says she's proud of the players for playing through to the end of the game.

“The students have been down-trodden and the girls are sad. They were humiliated, not only on a local level, but on a national level,” she said.

“That's where I am at this point, as principal of the school. Making sure my young ladies are understanding that we support them, and they went out and they played and they played with integrity.”
 
We asked Gilmour Academy athletic director, Jeff Walrich whether anything could've been handled differently during the game.
 
“I don't think so, my coach took a lot of steps to minimize things during the game to try to keep the score low. It's just unfortunate the other team went 0 to 28, had a kind of cold night shooting,” he said.

Walrich says he applauds the other team for fighting hard. In Ohio there is no "mercy rule" to stop the game early in cases like this. He hopes that will change.
 
“Figure out a way, we don't have to have this type of game, and it can be stopped and there is some type of running clock or something like that,” Walrich said.
 
Gilmour Academy Alumni Kevin Clarke thinks the ball was dropped here, “They owe the other school an apology. This isn't what Gilmour stands for.”

The Lancers take on Wickliffe this Saturday.

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