#15 - Oxford vs. Lafayette
Girls Basketball 2006-07 - "Stone's Ejection"
Okay maybe not. But anything in a big rivalry is expected, right?
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Anyways, in the middle of the third quarter, Oxford was leading by about 6-8 points, a foul was called that looked very questionable from the fans vantage point. Head Girls Basketball Coach Shane Stone really saw it differently and argued with the referee to the point where he received a Technical Foul for his efforts to try to reverse the call. Likely received it for saying a few magic words.
About 10 seconds after getting assessed the first one, he threw a towel against his chair that had so much force behind it that it tipped the chair to the ground. That is when he was assessed the second Technical. When someone receives two Technicals in the same game - player or coach - you are ejected from the ball game. Not to mention that if a coach gets ejected, he has to pay a hefty fine for doing so.
The tide did turn - in the other direction.
The first play after Stone was ejected, Tamera Wadlington hit a deep 3 that shut the Lafayette fans up and got Oxford's fans going. Lafayette committed two straight turnovers that led directly to two Oxford layups. All of a sudden, Oxford built a 13-15 point lead and Lafayette had to call a timeout.
It would not matter as Oxford went on to win 65-38, blowing out Lafayette by 27. Oxford outscored Lafayette by around 20 points after Stone was ejected in the third quarter. It seemed though that Stone accomplished what he wanted to do in terms of how the game went after that. The referees kept a watchful eye on things and the girls played like Stone was a teammate that got unfairly treated and thrown out (in a sense he was).
The way Oxford responded to that game after their coach was ejected is why this made my top 20 list at #15.