Mojave, Canyon Springs girls forfeit two games because of brawl

Mojave and Canyon Springs’ girls basketball teams both have forfeited their game on Monday and each team will forfeit its next game after the teams were involved in a fight Monday.

The host Pioneers led Mojave 33-30 in the third quarter when a hard foul led to a Mojave player throwing a punch and both teams being involved in a fight on the floor.

Officials and coaches broke up that altercation and steered the teams back to their benches, but another fight broke out behind the team benches and involved some fans, said Southern Nevada Officials Association commissioner Marc Ratner. School police were involved in breaking up the second fight.

“It’s considered a bench-clearing incident,” Ratner said, adding that the stopped game was ruled a double forfeit and that both teams must forfeit their next scheduled game.

Mojave will forfeit its game against Clark on Wednesday. Canyon Springs will forfeit its game to Liberty on Thursday. The boys games involving those teams still will be played as scheduled.

Mojave and Canyon Springs were scheduled to play a boys game Monday night, but that game was postponed because of the fight in the girls game. Ratner said the boys game will be rescheduled.

Ratner also said it’s possible that players involved in the brawl could face additional punishment.

“We wanted to make this decision first,” he said. “We want to get a little clearer version of the film and take a look at it.”

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