I’ve seen my share of blowout basketball scores over the years, some of which have really made me cringe.
But I can’t remember seeing a box score like the one between the Auburn Mountainview girls and Clover Park from last night. The final was Mountainview 55, Clover Park 15, and check out these quarter scores:
Clover Park 0 0 0 15 – 15
Auburn Mountainview 17 21 13 4 – 55
That’s right, CP didn’t score for the first three quarters. Under different circumstances, I’d probably think the winning coach was some jerk who kept a press on the whole game and left the starters in while gearing up for the playoffs.
But I know Mountainview coach Chris Carr pretty well, and I was certain that wasn’t the case. While he thrives on great defense, I figured he was probably cringing as much as I was at the scoreboard.
I was right.
I exchanged e-mails with Chris today, and he assured me the press was off within three minutes and and that he played his junior varsity and C-team kids in the fourth quarter.
“I was uncomfortable the whole time,” he said. “I didn’t know what to tell my kids excpet don’t press and run 20 seconds off the shot clock. I felt horrible for the CP kids. . . . It was like an avalanche.”
Clover Park is just 2-16 this season (Mountainview is 13-7) and has its offensive struggles (scoring 22 points in one game, 29 in another), but nothing like this. The Warriors average better than 34 points a game.
Clover Park is dropping to 2A next fall, and the school should fare better in all sports. Hopefully, we won’t see any more box scores like this one.