PIAA to experiment with mercy rule

Posted: August 03, 2001

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association officials yesterday said the organization plans to experiment with a mercy rule in high school basketball games this season.

Under the plan, the clock will not stop once a team falls behind by 40 points or more by the third quarter or by 30 or more points in the fourth quarter - except for timeouts.

Pittsburgh's City League experimented with the rule the last two seasons, and officials there liked it.

But PIAA officials said some other districts in the state weren't sure about the idea so instead of mandating the change, the PIAA - which governs high school sports in the state - is authorizing its districts to try the rule for one season.


* England's Laura Davies shot a 4-under-par 68 for a share of the lead with Johanna Head in the suspended first round of the Women's British Open in Sunningdale, England.

* Lee Janzen scored 17 points with an eagle and six birdies to take the lead in the suspended first round of the The International in Castle Rock, Colo.

* Meredith Duncan won two matches to advance to the semifinals of the 101st U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Andover, Kan. Duncan will face Emily Bastel. In the other semifinal, Kim Joo-mi will meet Nicole Perrot.

Sport Stops

* Penn State men's swimming coach Peter Brown resigned to become men's and women's coach at Brown. In 17 seasons at Penn State, Brown led the Nittany Lions to three Atlantic 10 and one Big Ten conference titles.

* Heidi Lape Bowie, the wife of former University of Kentucky basketball star Sam Bowie, is facing felony charges of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance in Lexington, Ky. Heidi Bowie, 40, waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court. The arrest came one day after Sam Bowie filed a petition for divorce. The two have been separated since July 27, according to the suit. *

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