SOUTH BEND, Ind. The Indiana High School Athletic Association is in the process of reviewing the fight that broke out in the last minutes of Saturday's varsity girls basketball game that resulted in the ejection and suspension of a Washington High School student.
With less than a minute to play in the varsity girls basketball game between Washington and Oregon-Davis at Washington, Oregon-Davis' Lexi Minix was fouled. A youtube video shows Minix pushed off Washington junior Breondra Green. Green retaliated by hitting Minix in the face and sending Minix to the ground.
Green was immediately ejected from the game. By IHSAA rules, she is automatically suspended for Washington's next game.
"I'm very disappointed in the action of my player but I know she is a kid and she has to learn you can't always retaliate," Washington coach Mo Scott said. "I think as a coach, this is one of those lessons that everyone learns from."
IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox told NewsCenter16 that no further suspensions have been mandated to date.
"I have seen the video and my reaction is that an inappropriate reaction to a situation occurred in the game," Cox said. "The game officials assessed the proper penalty of ejection. It is unfortunate when young people allow their competitiveness to spill over to a physical altercation however, it provides us a teachable moment in an ongoing effort to create acceptable and proper deportment for our students."
Oregon-Davis officials said Monday that the incident has been documented and forwarded to the IHSAA for review.
"Both teams felt like they had something to prove, they played very hard--it was a physical game. I think at times, the physicality by the SB Washington players was more than what our girls have dealt with," Oregon-Davis Superintendent Greg Briles says. "Lexi kind of pushed it off like leave me alone--there was trash talking going on from both sides but to the point of throwing a punch, a line's certainly been crossed."
Oregon-Davis official say there will be no charges filed against Green.
"In hindsight, I'm thinking about how it could have escalated into something much worse and thankfully it didn't," said Oregon-Davis Principal Tim Pletcher. "It was an unfortunate situation, an uncalled for situation."
Police personnel and school officials quickly took the floor to control the situation.
Minix stayed on the ground for a while before she was finally able to get up and head to the bench. Minix did not attempt her free throws.
As of Monday, Minix was back practicing with her team.
Minix' dad Terry Minix is Oregon Davis' head coach. The youtube video from user "jtjrmoney8" shows Terry Minix getting into a heated conversation with Washington coach Mo Scott. An Oregon Davis assistant Wes Radtke became very upset as he talked with Scott, resulting in a referee coming over to pull the O-D assistant away.
Scott is the stepfather of Skylar Diggins.
Diggins became upset in the stands over how aggressive the O-D coaches got with her dad, Scott says.
According to a game administrator, Diggins' conduct was "less than exemplary when she yelled some vulgar remarks towards some of the OD coaches, but she was not involved in the incident."
Briles says he personally didn't notice Diggins standing out with her actions or words but also pointed out she was not something he was focused on.
Diggins was not ejected from the game as some have thought.. When she did leave, Scott says he asked the school security to escort her out before the entire event.
"I think people have made it more than what really happened when it comes to Skylar," Scott said. "She was not put out of the game. She did not yell at any players."
On twitter, Diggins wrote, "I stick up for my family at ALL times.... UNAPOLOGETICALLY."
Before the game, Washington retired Diggins #4 jersey and honored the entire 2007 state championship squad.
Also lost in the shuffle based on what happened in the final minute, was that Washington actually won the game 84-79--handing #1 Oregon Davis its first loss of the year.