Cleveland, Ohio - On February 17, the girls' basketball team of Gilmour Academy played Northeast Ohio College Prep School. Gilmour won. This was no surprise; Gilmour was #1 in the district and Northeast Ohio was in last place, having won only one of twelve games this season. After the game, Justin Shullick, the director of Northeast Ohio, the losing team, said: “The final score did not result in our favor.” He went on to say that his school was extremely proud of his team. Gilmour’s team was incredibly talented, he said, and he congratulated them on their victory. So what was the final score? 108-1. Gilmour had beaten Northeast by 107 points!
Bob Beutel, coach of Gilmour’s team, was accused by some of running up the score by gaining more points even when he was clearly in the lead. But Bob said he had tried to let the other team score. Three minutes into the game, he said, he had pulled all his best players out and put in the ninth grader substitutes. Still his team kept scoring! Finally he had changed his defense strategy to help Northeast Ohio take more shots. “We allowed them to shoot and they took 28 shots,” said Bob. The problem was that none of those shots made it into the basket! Northeast Ohio also took four foul shots, but only one made it through the hoop. Shortly after this lopsided game, Justin Shullick was fired.
But this score, although crazy, is not the most uneven in girls' basketball history - last year, Arroyo Valley High School crushed Bloomington High 161-2!