Riverdale Baptist has finished with the final No. 1 girls’ basketball ranking for the third year in a row, but that’s not even the newsiest thing to happen to the Crusaders in the past few days.
Their National Christian School Athletic Association championship game Saturday against Potter’s House Christian (Fla.) in Erie, Pa., was halted midway through the fourth quarter after a bench-clearing incident. Both teams were disqualified and no champion was crowned.
Riverdale Coach Diane Richardson said that one of her players was taunted and threatened and that when she questioned the Potter’s House coaches about the behavior she was cursed and approached aggressively by a Potter’s House player. Both benches cleared.
Potter’s House (36-1), which beat Riverdale early in the season, was leading 68-50 when the game was stopped.
NCSAA Director Nate Hartman said that he received conflicting accounts from various observers but said that no punches were thrown.