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Fight leads to suspensions for high school girls’ basketball players

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Four girls’ basketball players at A.L. Brown and Vance will be suspended four games for their actions in a fight that ended Monday’s game between the high schools.

During the third quarter, a player from Brown and a player from Vance dove for a loose ball, according to Vance athletics director Carlos Richardson. The players became entangled and a fight broke out. After order was restored, Richardson stopped the game with about three minutes left in the quarter.

Brown was declared the winner 40-32. Vance’s boys then defeated A.L. Brown 70-49.

On Tuesday, school and state officials reviewed video of the incident. N.C. High School Athletic Association Commissioner Davis Whitfield told the Observer that two players from each team were ejected for fighting. Per NCHSAA rules, this will result in a four-game suspension for each player.

“We intend to contact both schools,” Whitfield said. “That’s not the kind of behavior we need from either side. We’ll discuss the importance of sportsmanship and proper behavior. We will definitely follow up on this.”

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