The hard fact is that in Montana last week, the girls basketball team at Froid-Medicine Lake beat the girls from Brockton 102-0. You may wonder about things like field goals attempted, turnovers, fouls and so forth, but you’d be out of luck. Because as Brockton coach Terrence Johnson explained to the Great Falls Tribune, stats were quickly thrown out the window.
“We got down quickly and stopped taking stats in the first quarter. I’m not sure if we even hit double figures in field goal attempts.”
How could this have happened? Well, it starts — as so many catastrophes do — with a sick kid, which turned into more sick kids, and by game time Friday, Brockton barely had a team to play with.
“My other girl came down sick and couldn’t go, so we had to start the game with only five players,” Johnson said. “We had one eighth-grader, a first-year freshman and three sophomores. One sophomore was playing for the first time since sixth grade, the freshman had never really played ball until this year.
“The ones who couldn’t play were my upperclassmen; my ball handlers.”
Brocktown was down to four players when one turned an ankle in the second half. Later, another Brockton player went down with a knee injury as the final 10 seconds of the running clock mercifully ran out.
“She just sat on the floor while the refs held the ball until the clock ran out.”
According to the Great Falls Tribune, it’s the first time a basketball team has been shut out in the state of Montana, and the first time it’s happened at any level, anywhere, since 1907.