So I’ve ran this theory by a bunch of people since I left the Washington-Deer Valley game tonight and it has made sense to everyone so far…
The general consensus is that the officiating was terrible across the board tonight with a common theme — way too many fouls. I think this directly correlates to the use of three officials at NCS games. The whole year, these kids have played with two officials and everyone gets used to that. But when NCS rolls around all of a sudden there is an extra set of eyes and an extra whistle on the court.
I wish there was an average foul per game number we could analyze because I guarantee it goes up with 3 officials instead of 2. It’s not like baseball where having more umpires obviously helps, in basketball the use of more officials definitely changes the game.
On the surface it seems like more officials would equate to a better officiated game, but there were quite a few free throw contests out there tonight and it shouldn’t be that way in the playoffs. It’s not fair to the kids who get used to games getting called a certain way all year, then having that change at the end when they are already under a lot of pressure.
This is not a knock on the individual refs, who for the most part do a good job, I just think the games should be officiated the same way in the playoffs as they were during the regular season.
Deer Valley coach Lindsay Wiley said she thought the team who’s superstar fouled out first was going to be the team that lost. Morgan Woodrow (Washington) fouled out with 2:19 left in regulation, Patrice Saindon (Deer Valley) fouled out at the end of overtime … Deer Valley wins by 5.
Food for thought.