Low-scoring MN high school basketball game sparks shot clock debate

WASECA, Minn. (KARE) A low-scoring girls basketball game has reignited the debate over adding a shot clock to Minnesota high school basketball.

On Tuesday, Waseca beat Marshall 17-4 after the Tigers decided to spend much of the game stalling.

The team held the ball up to eight minutes at a time without dribbling, passing or shooting.

Many people in the gym were frustrated, according to Waseca County News sports editor Ian Srp.

"Very frustrating, very disheartening," he said. "I felt bad for the girls from Marshall. I don't know they felt. I didn't get to talk to them, but they drive all that long way, it's the last game of the season. They have one senior on the team who scored all four points. But you go all that way and you do that, it's hard to stomach."

The situation has evoked a huge response on social media, with many calling for a shot clock to prevent this from happening again.

Minnesota only uses a shot clock in high school basketball during regular season tournaments and non-conference games, but only if both teams agree and the teams and coaches are notified at least one week before the game, according to the MSHL bylaws.