The Christian Heritage vs. West Ridge Academy girls high school game in Utah that took place last week has been circulating the airwaves after Christian Heritage’s 108-3 blowout win has sparked a controversial outcry by many who feel that they ran up the scoreboard on their opponents and demonstrated poor sportsmanship.
Christian Heritage scored 28 points in each of the first three quarters, while West Ridge finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. It’s important to note that Christian Heritage didn’t use full-court press and couldn’t pull all its starters out since the team only had nine players.
The head coach from the winning team, Rob McGill, defended the decision of having his team play “straight up” the entire game with ABC 4 Salt Lake City.
“I have been on the other side of this equation,” said McGill. “It was very insulting when teams slowed the ball down and just passed it around. That’s why I’d rather have a team play me straight up, and that’s why I played them straight up. Because I didn’t want to taunt them, I didn’t want to embarrass them, I didn’t want them to think we could do whatever we want.”
As for the loosing side, West Ridge athletic director Jaime Keefer told ABC they did not feel offended. “They’ve apologized, and we’ve moved on,” said Keefer. “We know they’re good people and they should be proud of their team. There are no hard feelings at all.”
“Too many people in the world right now allow the youth to not be as good as they can be, allow them to be lazy,” said McGill. “Here, I’m giving them an opportunity to live up to the best of their abilities and be proud of what they’re able to accomplish. If that’s what I’m being blamed for, then OK, I accept it.”
Does Christian Heritage really deserve the backlash? You be the judge.