A teenager was left with a concussion after another teenage girl was filmed hitting her during a Garden Grove girls’ basketball game on Sunday.
It was the second and last game of the fall jamboree tournament at the Map Sports Facility on Sundays. The tournament features boys and girls in second year college.
Team SoCal Blaze was up at least 15 points when a player from Team Dream Academy attempted a 3-point shot but missed.
Moments later, a shocking video shows the same player punching the other team’s 15-year-old guard.
As soon as the punch is thrown and the battered girl Lauryn Ham hits the ground, the referee’s whistle blows over the footage.
Alice Ham was not at her daughter’s game, but according to the match referee, something was said before Lauryn was hit.
The referee told NBCLA that the other girl’s mother allegedly told her daughter, “You better go hit her.”
“She did it with intent. A mother inciting violence by telling her daughter to go attack my child,” Ham said.
NBCLA contacted tournament organizers at the Antelope Valley Athletic Club but got no response.
According to the SoCal Blaze trainer, the teenager who threw the blow is from LA. She was kicked out of the gym. The coach says he’s finished the game.
NBCLA does not identify the teenager because she is underage.
Lauryn Ham’s mother says her daughter’s love for basketball started in sophomore. She continued to play in high school, then used her babysitting skills to play in clubs.
She says what happened in the field was diagnosed as a concussion. She is home and recovering.
An attorney for the family of the other 14-year-old girl told NBCLA:
“This is a very unfortunate incident involving two underage girls. We are doing our best to investigate everything that has happened. Once we have all the information we need, we will make a statement.”
As for Alice Ham, she considers the punch as an assault and says she filed a police report.