TSSAA’s ruling against Arlington High girls basketball overturned


UPDATE: The TSSAA’s ruling against the Arlington girls basketball team has been overturned, according to sources. The Lady Tigers will take on Collierville Monday night.

In a statement from the TSSAA:

“We have been notified that the Chancery Court in Shelby County has granted a temporary restraining order allowing Arlington High School to continue to play until the case can be heard.  We will comply with the order and the game between Collierville and Arlington has been set for Monday night at 7:00 p.m.”

Matthew Gillespie, TSSAA


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The girls’ basketball program at Arlington High School is being placed on restrictive probation through 2022, and other disciplinary actions, after an incident that injured a Dyer County coach Tuesday.

According to the TSSAA, which handed down the disciplinary action, a juvenile allegedly assaulted Coach Derrick McCord at a game, knocking him down and striking him on the ground several times. Others may have been involved.

The juvenile was identified as the son of Arlington girls basketboall coach Ashley Shields, the TSSAA said.

McCord was taken to the hospital after the game. He pressed charges, and the young man was taken into custody.

The girls’ basketball program is being fined a total of $2,000. Their head coach will be suspended for the next two games, among other measures.

“The March 2nd occurrence reflected a failure of adequate security in the proper places and an absence of sportsmanship,” TSSAA wrote.

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