Sportsmanship questioned after Cass Tech's 80-0 girls basketball win

An 80-0 girls basketball win by Detroit Cass Tech over Detroit Osborn raised eyebrows and questions.

The one-sided varsity blowout win Wednesday night called into question sportsmanship.

Cass Tech Coach Marissa Thrower disagrees.

"We didn't press after the first quarter, we pulled the press off," she said. "As a coach I can't tell my girls not to go hard. I told them to still go hard, let's focus on fundamentals and execution. That was the main thing."

"You never want to have an 80-point lead in a game," said point guard Taylor Parker. "You want it to be a good game with competition. We did the best we could. 

"(The starters) really didn't play much of the game. We played the first quarter and maybe like two minutes in the fourth quarter and then the coach took us out."

Some coaches have been disciplined after lop-sided scores. Could Thrower have done something different?

"After the game, it was tough," Thrower said. "As a former student-athlete myself. You want to see the game be competitive. I was caught between a rock and a hard place."

K'Lynn Willis, a guard said it was not the team's intention to embarrass Osborn. 

"I was completely shocked, I didn't expect that to happen," Willis said. "We did not go into the game wanting that to happen. We had never seen Osborn play before. We didn't (expect) the outcome of that game at all."

Thrower said she has not received any negative reaction from the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 
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