The 100-2 victory by Pikeville (Ky.) Independent Middle School against Kimper (Ky.) Elementary and Middle School at the Pike County Preseason Tournament will go down as one of the district's epic one-sided scores, causing the school district's superintendent and school board to consider canceling the team's entire season, writes Cameron Smith at Yahoo Sports.
The game was considered a mismatch from the start. Kimper, a small school of only 180 total students, features players as young as 11 on its squad and is dwarfed compared to Pikeville — which boasts one of the nation's most talented squads of eighth-graders.
Pikeville coach Bryan Johnson told ScoutsFocus's Joe Davis that the result has been enough to prod the Pikevile Independent School Board into quietly considering canceling the entire Pikeville basketball season. It has been thought that the perceived lack of sportsmanship shown in the 98-point drubbing has been the main catalyst.
Some speculate whether or not the district should seriously consider canceling its season because of just one result, but if ever there was a one-sided scoreline that could elicit such a response, the 100-2 rout might be it.
Coach Johnson is certainly under the heaviest share of criticism for letting his team rack up a 98-point victory in a preseason tournament against an overmatched foe, but the fact that the two teams were even playing in the same bracket deserves further inspection, writes Smith.
"Sure, the two teams play on the same Kentucky middle school circuit, but that hardly justifies setting the two up against one another when such a game isn't absolutely necessary."