Members of the Inglewood High School Girls Basketball Team were honored Wednesday with a banquet to celebrate their winning season. The Sentinels clinched a spot in the CIF-SS 3A final against Santa Margarita. It was the team's first championship game since 2010.
The banquet took place at the new Dave and Buster’s in Westchester.
The winning team was both a source of community pride and the unfortunate subject of fiscal mismanagement.
Earlier this month the team’s head coach Tony Scott alleges that the district misappropriated funds, reporting the team was reportedly $8,000 in the red, when there should have been at least $5,000 available.
A spokesperson in the district said in a statement:
“It was Acting Inglewood High Principal Jose Gallegos who first brought these concerns to the attention of the District, and an investigation was initiated promptly thereafter. It is now pending. The District regrets that this issue has caused a distraction to its core mission of providing the best education and extra-curricular programs possible for Inglewood students. IUSD is pleased that members of the basketball team will now receive the recognition they deserve.
“The District especially thanks State Sen. Rod Wright for securing the party venue, and Assemblyman Steve Bradford, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and State Sen. Holly Mitchell for their support.”
The banquet is funded with money from the District’s General Fund.