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State and District Leaders Meet Responding to Outcry over Disputed High School Basketball Game in South Carolina

Community leaders address controversy.

State and District Leaders Meet Responding to Outcry over Disputed High School Basketball Game in South Carolina

Outrage Erupts over High School Basketball Playoff

Leaders in Rock Hill, South Carolina are responding to growing outcry from the community after a hotly contested high school girls’ basketball playoffs match. Parents and community members took to social media to vent their frustrations, accusing the game of being unjust and discriminatory against the South Pointe High School Lady Stallions basketball team.

The Lady Stallions had an outstanding season, holding the top position in their region. However, their successful run was cut short in a playoff game against Riverside High School in Greer. Parents alleged that their daughters were the victims of unfair treatment and discrimination during the pivotal match, ultimately leading to their defeat.

Accusations of Racial Bias and Unfair Treatment

Parents of the predominantly black basketball team didn’t just call out the officiating. They made strong accusations of racial discrimination as well. Reports from parents speak of unsettling incidents like spectators declaring that they didn’t belong in certain sections of the stands, despite there being no designated seating areas, have raised concerns about the atmosphere of the match.

Renada Morris, a parent of one of the Lady Stallions, expressed her dissatisfaction with how the game was handled. “Our girls were getting hit. They were getting beat up down low, and we were not getting any foul calls,” she stated. Morris furthered that the opposite team had seemingly got a different treatment – “If we barely breathed on the other team, they would make every single call on those girls,” she added.

Addressing Concerns: a Meeting with South Carolina High School League

In light of these accusations, South Pointe’s athletic director, coach, and the principal had a discussion with the South Carolina High School League, the organization responsible for regulating school athletics in South Carolina. While parents demanded a rematch between the two teams, they were informed that this possibility was not on the table.

However, the parent community remains undeterred and determined to seek justice. Lanear Barnett, another parent, asserted that they will continue their protest, “We’re going to stand out and picket. We want them to know how much we love our girls,” Lanear said.

South Pointe High School’s Response

Rock Hill Schools issued a statement addressing the issue, acknowledging the conversation held with state authorities about the game. The school expressed its respect for the final decision made at the end of the game, echoing the sentiment of fair-play and respect for the sport. Regardless of the results, South Pointe High School strives to maintain a positive environment for their students and athletes.

Future Expectations

This incident puts the spotlight on the need for open, honest dialogue about fairness and discrimination in youth sports. As the concerned parents continue their protest, their love and dedication to their children serving as a poignant reminder of the impact of youth sports on the community.

While this incident has certainly stirred controversy, it is also an opportunity for growth and development in high school sports, particularly in advancing the pillar of fair play.

HERE Rock Hill
Author: HERE Rock Hill

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