New Mission High athletic director Cory McCarthy will file a complaint with the offices of the Boston City League and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, claiming one of New Mission’s players was "wrongfully disqualified" by the trainer for host Shawsheen Tech during a girls basketball playoff game on Friday night, McCarthy told ESPNBoston.com on Monday afternoon.
McCarthy's complaint, which alleges “bad sportsmanship and unprofessional behavior” by the Shawsheen trainer and its athletic director, Al Costabile, concerns a Division 4 North game in which Shawsheen beat New Mission, 57-55. Shawsheen trailed 43-37 to start the fourth quarter, and early in the quarter one of New Mission’s star players, forward Deandra Humphries, went to the floor while driving toward the basket. Humphries drew contact, but no foul was called.
According to a statement by McCarthy, “Humphries was clearly poked in the eye and was not struck in the head with any forceful impact.” Humphries was tended to by the Shawsheen trainer, and according to McCarthy, “he quickly ruled her out for the game, ruling that she was not responsive.” McCarthy says Humphries was “totally coherent and experienced no immediate headache and sensitivity to light,” referencing common symptoms of a concussion.
McCarthy said that after the game Humphries was taken to Children's Hospital in Boston, where doctors determined she had an eye injury but “declared her free of any concussion symptoms.”
A voicemail and email to Costabile have not been returned.
In his statement, McCarthy cited a play earlier in the game in which he says two players collided head to head. He says one of New Mission’s players was looked at by the trainer and “was shortly sent back and not disqualified. This made me question the intent of the trainer because neither player (from the head-to-head collision) had a competitive impact on the game like Humphries.” Humphries scored 7 of her 11 points in the third quarter.
“We are disappointed in this incident because we feel that it took away from a very competitive contest,” McCarthy's statement reads.