Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Stall basketball seems OK in this situation
by Mark Edwards
Feb 19, 2014 | 1896 views |  0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Typically, a 15-2 score in a high school varsity basketball game would turn my stomach, but in the case of the AISA AAA girls championship game, it's an interesting story how two teams managed to combine for only 17 points.

Powerhouse Glenwood faced Lee-Scott in the title contest, marking the fourth time they faced off this season. Entering the game, Glenwood had won all three previous meetings, including the most one by 32 points with a running clock, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

In the championship game, Glenwood made a 3-pointer to start the game, and three-time defending champion Lee-Scott responded by stalling. The halftime score was 3-1. Lee-Scott didn't get out of the stall until the fourth quarter, which allowed Glenwood a chance to break double figures.

Lee-Scott coach Chad Prewett told the Advertiser afterward he felt Glenwood was better and he had to try something different.

Certainly, who wants to watch a team stall. But if you're a coach and trying to come up with a possible way you might beat a team that has handed you three losses already, why not stall? It's not like high school basketball has a shot clock.

Kudos to Prewett. He likely drew a good bit of criticism, including from the opposing coach. Glenwood's Julie Humphries, who told the Advertiser the previous three losses "probably hurt (Prewett's) feelings, and he had to try something different." But if you're a coach who's trying to win a championship, there's nothing wrong with using a strategy that's well within the rules.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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