Stands-clearing brawl breaks out at end of Grace Christian Academy basketball game

Published 12:01 am Saturday, January 20, 2024

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This story will be updated as more information is released.


Tensions were high as Grace Christian Academy beat Highland Christian Academy 64-57 Friday night.

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With 30 seconds left in the game, The Cougars went to the free throw line to shoot technical free throws. A female Highlands fan stepped onto the court as the shots were taken to argue the referee’s decision. her action was grounds for removal, according to the GIAA Sportsmanship Statement. 

“Disruptive behavior of any kind, including but not limited to protests, demonstrations, profanity, racial, ethnic, or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions, will not be tolerated and may be grounds for removal from the event.”

The official asked her to leave, and GCA Headmaster Sean Johnson approached her to escort her from the building. As he started walking her out, a male Highlands spectator ran down from the stands and tackled him to the ground. 

Both fans claim Johnson made contact with the female fan’s arm as he began escorting her, prompting the reaction. 

The Post-Searchlight reached out to Johnson for a statement, he has yet to comment. 

Players, coaches, and fans from both teams moved to the emerging scuffle, resulting in a crowd of people surrounding the initial fight. After some commotion and confusion, the crowd dissipated, and both fans were escorted from the building.  

The Bainbridge Police Department is working on the case and said a statement, if provided, will be available during the business week.