The Stockbridge-Eagle’s Landing game at Eagle’s Landing Friday night took an ugly turn with Eagle’s Landing leading 65-33 in the final minute of the third quarter. There was a tied ball and a verbal exchange between the players involved developed into conflict that included players leaving the bench and coming onto the floor.
“It got physical and everybody just lost their minds,” Eagle’s Landing coach Clay Crump said.
Officials assessed technical fouls and a player from Stockbridge were ejected.
Stockbridge coach Rodney Latham initially said the game officials told him all but three players on his team were ejected. The Tigers had 15 players dressed for the game, he said. None of Eagle’s Landing’s players were ejected, and Latham opted to pull his team off the court and forfeit the game.
“The situation reminded me of the brawl with the Indiana Pacers, except no one went into the stands,” Latham said, referring to the 2004 brawl between the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. “It was pretty intense and at that point I felt I had to protect my players and just get them out of there.”
Game officials took the Eagle’s Landing scorebook along with multiple video recordings to review the incident. Crump said officials confirmed that no Eagle’s Landing players were ejected. Latham said he was later told just one player was ejected, but others may be subject to suspensions for leaving the bench area.
Under GHSA rules, ejected players must sit out the next two games. Latham and Stockbridge could also be subject to fines assessed by the GHSA, according to the organization’s Constitution and By-Laws.
A very good week: The Woodland girls extended their winning streak to 22 games with their win over Dutchtown Friday night. It was the second win of the week for the Lady Wolfpack, which beat Locust Grove Tuesday in the first game after the birth of Jackson Maddox, the new son of Woodland coach Ashley Maddox and his wife Jessica.
“It’s pretty good to be me right now,” Maddox said with a smile.
1K club: Woodland senior Lindsey Reed surpassed 1,000 career points during the win over Dutchtown. She’s the second Woodland player to reach that milestone this season; fellow senior Morgan Jones surpassed 1,000 on Jan. 26.
Still unbeaten: The girls teams at Cross Creek and South Effingham maintained their unbeaten seasons with wins over Butler and Liberty County, respectively. They’re on opposite sides of the sub-divided Region 3-AAAA and were not scheduled to face each other in the regular season.