Inglewood High School having a good season despite forfeits

The Inglewood High School girl’s basketball team had to forfeit their first 14 games of the season last month, after two players were found to be ineligible for participation.

Both Inglewood Assistant Principal Randolph Simpson and CIF Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons confirmed the ineligible players and forfeits, but both declined further comment on the matter.

The Torrance-based Daily Breeze reported in January that the forfeitures resulted from the participation of Deajeana Scurry and Bailey Barbour, both of whom transferred to Inglewood before the season.

Scurry, who played for Washington Prep High School last year as a freshman, was on Inglewood Coach Tony Scott’s club team, the Cal Sparks, last summer. The Breeze reported that Inglewood then looked at the transfers of two other players: Barbour and Makeda Beadle from Leuzinger High School.

Beadle was cleared, and Barbour was suspended until her residency was established by her parent’s divorce papers, according to the Breeze. On Inglewood’s team roster, Barbour is still listed. Scurry has been playing for Inglewood’s JV team since being ruled ineligible for varsity.

Of the 14 games the varsity team forfeited, nine were wins. Since the forfeits, Inglewood has lost only once, Feb. 4, to Santa Monica. The Sentinels have consistently been ranked in the top 10 in California. If not for the forfeits, the team’s record would be 25-2.

Inglewood will play their last regular-season home game tonight at 6 p.m., against Mira Costa. I will be in the house.