Coaching unsportsmanlike

I recently attended a girls’ basketball game at my alma mater, Harlem High School, against Greenbrier High School, and was appalled at what I saw.

I played basketball for four years at Harlem, then went on to play in college, and never in all my years of playing did I witness such atrocious behavior by a visiting coach. Whatever happened to ethics? When in high school did coaches start full-court-pressing a team while up by 30 points with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter? How could a coach, who appeared to be a grown woman, even fathom doing that?

It is hard enough for the girls of Harlem to endure another losing season, much less feel embarrassed by the fact that they couldn’t get the ball over half-court because of the full press being applied the whole game.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a competitor, and have no problem with a team winning by 20 or 30 points. But when a coach doesn’t stop pressing after this happens, I have a big problem. I don’t know if the coach for Greenbrier thinks she is legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and is trying to get a national ranking, but she needs to think of the young girls she is coaching against, and how they may feel.

Brooke Moore

Harlem

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