Lanphier Violates IHSA Limit on Postseason Players in Uniform

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JACKSONVILLE -- The Lanphier boys basketball team could be facing punishment after breaking an IHSA playoff rule Tuesday.

In a dominant, 91-59 regional semifinal win over Springfield High School, the Lions apparently dressed 16 players, which exceeds the limit allowed by the Illinois High School Association.

According to the IHSA rulebook, "In each of the tournament games, a participating school shall not have more than fifteen (15) eligible participants in uniform. This includes the warm-up for each game and at half-time."

According to a box score provided post-game, the Lions not only dressed 16 players, but all 16 entered the game, and all registered a statistic in some form.

The IHSA has not commented of the violation.

In a statement provided to State Journal Register sportswriter Ryan Mahan, District 186 school board member Adam Lopez said that he would issue a statement on behalf of the district and Lanphier head coach Blake Turner prior to Friday's game at the JHS Bowl.

Lanphier is scheduled to play Jacksonville for a 3A regional championship starting at 7pm.

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