When I first heard about the Dallas high school girls’ basketball controversy, I assumed it was nothing more than a one-day story. It was mildly amusing and mildly disheartening—but I could not imagine it lasting past the 24-hour news cycle.
Um, wrong again.
Surely by now you know what I’m talking about. On January 13, the girls’ team for the Covenant School of Dallas, an elite private Christian school in upscale North Dallas, demolished its opponents from the Dallas Academy, a lesser known East Dallas school that focuses on students who face a variety of learning problems. The game was played at Covenant’s field house, and from the opening tip-off the Covenant Knights were in control. They scored 35 points in the first quarter before building a 59–0 lead at the half. The score after three quarters was 88–0. Covenant kept the pressure on throughout the fourth quarter, the girls firing off three- pointers and maintaining a full-court press on defense. The final score: 100–0.
On January 23, the Dallas Morning News’s Barry Horn, one of the