Violence is to blame for multiple arrests and forcing officials to take extreme steps in order to finish a basketball game. A fight that broke out during a February 6, basketball game in Lake City between the Panthers and Kingstree Senior High Jaguars resulted in the arrest of seven people.
The incident occurred during the team's rival game. The Lake City Panthers were leading the Jaguars when fights broke out in the bleachers during the final minutes of the game, according to reports. Both teams were shuffled into their respective locker rooms until the incident was brought under control. A witness, who asked not to be identified, described the scene as chaotic. "I've never seen anything like it in my life," said the middle aged man. "It was total chaos. People were running everywhere. Lord, have Mercy."
The game, which was suspended with 2.01 on the clock, was played out the following night. The game was closed to everyone except players, coaches, officials and school administrators. In addition, the Junior varsity game scheduled for February 7, was canceled. The News left several voice mails made to Lake City High School administration requesting permission to cover the game were not returned.
A similar incident occurred at Kingstree Senior High School. On December 1, several fights that broke out during a basketball game spilled into the parking. One teen was arrested in that incident. However, since steps were taken to beef up security no further disputes have been reported during basketball games.