SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A high school girls basketball team in Southern California won a nonleague game this week by 159 points — and it’s not even the record for the most points scored by a team in a game in the state’s history.
Arroyo Valley High School of San Bernardino, Calif., beat Bloomington, 161-2, on Monday night, the San Bernardino Sun reported.
Arroyo Valley (14-1), which is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, had won games by 98, 81, 74, 73 and 67 points earlier this season.
Nearby Bloomington (0-9) had already lost one game this season by 91 points.
The 161 points is the second-most by a girls varsity team in California history, eclipsed only by the 179 points Riverside Poly scored against Riverside Norte Vista on Jan. 26, 1982. Cheryl Miller scored 105 points in the 179-15 win.
“People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way,” Bloomington coach Dale Chung told The Sun.
Chung said Arroyo Valley played a full-court press for all of the first half, which ended with Bloomington trailing, 104-1.
Arroyo Valley coach Michael Anderson called off the press after the first half but switched to a halfcourt trap for the third quarter before retreating in the fourth, which was played with a running clock.
“I didn’t play any starters in the second half,” Anderson told the newspaper. “I didn’t expect (Bloomington) to be that bad. I’m not trying to embarrass anybody. And I didn’t expect my bench to play that well. I had one (bench) player make 8 of 9 3s.”
Anderson said he didn’t post the score to Maxpreps.com and didn’t report the score to media outlets. But a picture of the scoreboard with the final score was posted to the team’s Facebook page before the page was deleted Thursday night.
“The game just got away from me,” he said.
Anderson said in hindsight, he should have pulled his starters after the first quarter and “I wouldn’t play the game at all.”
Added Chung: “He’s a great X’s and O’s coach. Ethically? Not so much. He knows what he did was wrong.”
The newspaper said Anderson was in a meeting Thursday in which he was being reprimanded but that he expected to continue coaching the team.
“I’m proud of my team because (the game) didn’t affect them,” Chung said. “But it should affect them a little.”
CHSAA says the record for the most points in a girls basketball game in Colorado history is 174 by Sterling in the 1989-90 season.