Thank goodness the girls from Northeast Ohio College Prep made one of their four free throw attempts. That stood as the only point they scored Wednesday in a playoff loss to Cleveland-area Gilmour Academy by the eye-popping score of 108-1.
“Our intent was to not run anything up, and we took steps to not disrespect our opponent,” Gilmour Coach Bob Beutel told Nathan Cline of Cleveland.com. “They went 0-for-28 from the field and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line. We let them shoot.”
Beutel added that, as early as the first quarter, he began substituting in junior-varsity players. However, his squad, which finished the regular season No. 3 in Cleveland.com’s Top 25, was simply too much for its overmatched opponent, which finished its season with a record of 1-12.
“While the final score did not result in our favor, the entire I CAN SCHOOLS network of campuses is extremely proud of the camaraderie and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game,” NEO Prep said in a statement Thursday (via Cleveland.com). “… We faced an incredibly talented team, and we congratulate Gilmour Academy on their victory and pursuit of a championship.”
“Last night’s game is the type of game that isn’t much fun for either team,” Gilmour Athletic Director Jeff Walrich told WKYC Thursday. “We did what we could to slow the game down. There is some misinformation out there that we pressed the whole game and kept our starters in the whole game, and that just isn’t true.”
Gilmour, the top seed in its section, can hope for a tougher foe Saturday, when it takes on 11th-seeded Wickliffe High in the sectional final.