Green Hope's Gaffney faces sanctions

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 29, 2012 

Kristen Gaffney, the injured star of the Green Hope High girls' basketball team, will not be allowed to attend the Falcons' final games because of disciplinary action taken by the N.C. High School Athletic Association and the school following an altercation after a game on Friday night.

Gaffney, one of the best girls' players in the state and a Vanderbilt recruit, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during Green Hope's 54-45 victory over Durham Hillside in the sectional finals. She was not expected to play in today's state quarterfinal game against Hope Mills South View.

Gaffney was involved in an altercation with a Hillside player after the game as the players shook hands.

Hillside and Green Hope presented reports to the NCHSAA about the incident.

"We have determined from the reports that we have received that the young lady, Gaffney, should not be permitted to attend the games," Whitfield said. "She will not be able to attend the games, as well as her mother."

Peggy Gaffney, Kristen's mother, confronted the Hillside bench after her daughter was injured during the game.

Dr. Jim Hedrick, the Green Hope principal, said he could not discuss any sanctions that the school had imposed or against whom, but said, "Green Hope and the NCHSAA have imposed sanctions regarding the incident."

Gaffney is averaging 28 points per game and ranks among the 10 career scorers in North Carolina.

Jim Gaffney, her father, said the family would not have any comments.

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