CLEVELAND - On Wednesday night, the Gilmour Academy girls basketball team defeated the Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School 108-1 in the Division III sectional semifinal game.
Gilmour's coach Bob Buetel said that his team was not trying to run up the score and it was just an uneven playoff match-up between a No. 1 seed and a No. 13 seed.
“We did what we had to do to respect the game and respect our opponent and I’m really proud of the way our kids responded,” Buetel told Fox 8's PJ Ziegler.
Gilmour lead 72-1 at half, subbing in freshmen players most of the game.
Buetel said he told the other coach to take as many time outs as he needed, and if he needed more, Buetel would call Gilmour's time outs for him.
“I was real proud of the way the girls responded because they did nothing to disrespect that team. We are not going to try and embarrass anybody, we are not going to disrespect anybody, you have to do the fundamental things right.”
The Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School released the following statement after the game:
On Wednesday, February 17, our Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School girls basketball team played Gilmour Academy. While the final score did not result in our favor, the entire I CAN SCHOOLS network of campuses is extremely proud of the comradery and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game. At Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School, our scholars are taught to embody respect, responsibility, and relentlessness. All three characteristics were on display yesterday. We faced an incredibly talented team, and we congratulate Gilmour Academy on their victory and pursuit of a championship.
Following Wednesday's victory, the Lancers will take on Wickliffe on Saturday night.