Two High School Girls Basketball Teams Disqualified from Tennessee State Tournament for Trying to Lose (Videos)

high school girls basketball teams disqualified for trying to lose

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association basketball playoff is not a single-elimination tournament. If you lose a game, instead of going home, you move on over to the losers bracket. In theory, this makes things a little bit harder on losing teams. However, if there’s a particularly challenging opponent looming in the winners bracket, in theory, it could make things easier.

Such was the case in this year’s District 7-AAA playoffs. The reigning state and national champion, Blackman High School, was on the winners side. So in order to avoid playing them in the early rounds, not one but two high school girls basketball teams tried to lose a game—against each other.

The teams in question were Riverdale High School and Smyrna High School. According to The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, the referee of the game between these two teams new something was wrong from the get-go. Smyrna would delay bringing the ball across the halfcourt line to draw 10-second violations, or they would go past the halfcourt line and then return to draw over-and-back violations.

Riverdale, meanwhile, was even more ridiculous. They intentionally missed 12 of 16 free throws, and at one point, one of their players looked at one of the officials and pointed out her own three-second lane violation.

Don’t believe it? Well, there’s video. Check it out:

In the end, Riverdale won. By which I actually mean they lost the game, 55-29.

Unfortunately, rather than move over to the losers bracket, the TSSAA disqualified them (and Smyrna) from the whole tournament.

According to a Riverdale administrator, head coach Cory Barrett didn’t explicitly instruct the girls to lose. But he did give them a talk about smart “bracketology” that apparently sunk in.

Obviously, the coaches of both teams should be fired and banned by the TSSAA.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]

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