Scotlandville High was fined $200, placed on administrative probation for one year and ordered to forfeit a Jan. 6 District 4-5A game with Zachary High based on a sportsmanship-related ruling that involved a girls basketball game played over the Christmas holidays.
The LHSAA released the sanctions for Scotlandville to the media Friday after sending the ruling to the school late last week.
“We’re going to go back and look at it and review the film both schools have,” Scotlandville Athletic Director Latoshia Clay said. “Our principal will make the final decision on what we do or if we decide to appeal.
“I was at the game and I saw some things, but I may not have seen the whole incident. That’s why we’re going took at the film. The (LHSAA) office was closed when this happened. We didn’t get anything from the LHSAA until last week. We didn’t understand that the two players were supposed to be suspended for the next game. Had we known, they wouldn’t have played against Zachary.”
Clay said the incident happened during a Dec. 30 District 4-5A game at Broadmoor. Clay said players from both teams were battling for a loose ball. In the sequence that followed, game officials deemed that two Scotlandville players inappropriately left the bench.
Under LHSAA rules, players leaving the bench for any reason is deemed a sportsmanship violation that requires a one-game suspension, regardless of whether the student-athletes were involved in an altercation.
Broadmoor coach Terrance Gillette said it briefly looked like there might be a confrontation involving two players but said other players and coaches from the two schools diffused the situation.
“I spoke with their (Broadmoor’s) assistant principal tonight about it,” Clay said. “We want to look at the whole thing again. We play Broadmoor next week and we want to make sure this is worked out.”
The forfeit is notable in the tight District 4-5A race. Scotlandville was undefeated in league play until the forfeit and a Wednesday loss to Walker. Going into Friday’s action, Walker and Broadmoor are tied for the 4-5A lead with one loss.