Girls basketball fight investigation nears an end

The investigation into the fight that followed the Schenectady girls’ basketball game at Albany Lead

The investigation into the fight that followed the Schenectady girls’ basketball game at Albany Leadership School last week could conclude today.

According to school district spokesperson Karen Corona, both schools have been in contact with each other following the incident, which occurred on the court at the conclusion of the Panthers’ second win over the Lady Patriots in three days.

“I know Steve [athletic director Steve Boynton] had some more interviews scheduled for today [Tuesday],” said Corona. “Hopefully on Wednesday, the investigation will be finished, and we will have some information.”

Both teams, and possibly some spectators, were involved in the altercation. The Albany Police Department, which staffs the school’s home games, called in additional officers.

“The Albany police and both schools are cooperating in the investigation,” said Corona.

Schenectady canceled Tuesday night’s game at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, but Friday night’s game at Catholic Central is still listed on the Schenectady schedule. A decision on whether to play that game has not been made.

“Everything is on hold for the team while the investigation is going on,” said Corona, who stressed that only players on the varsity team are involved.

No arrests were made at the time of the incident.

All student-athletes in the Schenectady athletic program are expected to abide by a code of conduct. The penalties — everything from suspension from practices and/or games to expulsion from a team — are outlined in that document.

“All of our student athletes sign the Athletic Code of Conduct,” said Corona.

Albany Leadership School, a charter school located on Hackett Boulevard, has no league affiliation. Schenectady, with the folding of the Big 10 last spring, is also playing an independent schedule this school year.

The teams had played last Tuesday night in Schenectady, with the Panthers winning the game.

“There doesn’t appear to be any carryover from that game,” said Corona. “We just need to talk to everyone involved, see what caused the fight and go from there.”

Corona said she did not believe coach Eugene Mayo was facing any disciplinary action.

Schenectady has won only one game this season, and has five games remaining on its schedule, three at home.

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