Girls Basketball Team Who Once Famously Lost A Game 100-0 Snaps School’s Eight-Year Losing Streak
Let’s hear it for the Dallas Academy girls basketball team! On Thursday, the Dallas Academy Bulldogs beat Johnson County 34-33, their first win in eight years.
As you may recall, there was much hullabaloo and gnashing of teeth earlier this year, when in January, Dallas Academy – which should be pointed out is a school for students with learning disabilities – played in a game against the girls from Christian school Covenant, a team far beyond Dallas Academy’s skill level, and lost by the horribly embarrassing score of 100-0.
Nearly immediately after the 100-0 shellacking, a media firestorm quickly ensued. The coach for Covenant was fired. The gals from Dallas Academy even had the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America. And most importantly, Covenant was shamed. Here is an excerpt from the school’s website shortly after the ass-kicking (via Deadspin):
The Covenant School, its board and administrators, regrets the incident of January 13 and the outcome of the game with the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team. It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community.
Accordingly, The Covenant School has contacted TAPPS and is submitting a formal request to forfeit the game recognizing that a victory without honor is a great loss.
But all of that was a distant memory Thursday, as the girls finally got the monkey off their back.
Oelke, new to the team this year, scored 31 points, more than double her career high. She made a free throw with under a minute left to give her team its 34-33 lead. From there, they waited for what seemed like an eternity.
Wait. I do not mean to break up the narrative here, but one girl scored 31 of the team’s 34 points? Zoinks!
Senior Jackie Alas held coach Deanna Civello’s hand on the bench. On the court, the five girls made a stop and then dribbled and passed until the clock ran out.
“That was the best minute they ever played,” Civello said.
When time did expire Civello said she had never seen her players’ eyes that wide. And of course, the girls screamed. They screamed, expressing an achievement they hadn’t yet experienced in high school.
“Everybody there watching us,” Alas said, “was like ‘why are they screaming? They won by one point.’ But they don’t understand. We haven’t won in five years.”
Way to go, girls. It’s great to read stories like these every once in a while. More often than not, as is the nature of having a sports blog, I am often compelled to write about the not-so-glamorous side of sports. The arrests, drugs, and so on. And hey, at least this has nothing to do with Tiger’s sex addiction.
Or does it???
1-point win ends 8-year Dallas Academy losing streak that included 100-0 basketball game [The Dallas Morning News]
Covenant coach who beat Dallas Academy 100-0 is fired [The Dallas Morning News]
Dallas Academy Bulldogs, 100-0 losers, gain national attention [The Dallas Morning News]
Principal Of School That Administered 100-0 Beating Offers To Forfeit The Win [Deadspin]