How Do You Read a High School Basketball Box Score?

The key components in understanding high school basketball box scores are quarter-by-quarter scoring, team statistics and player statistics. Compared to those of the college and pro ranks, high school box scores may not be as complete, with the amount of information ultimately depending on the source and the importance of the game.

The quarter scoring summary includes the points scored by each team for the respective periods and total to equal the game's final score. The host team - or the 'designated' home team, if played at a neutral site - appears on the bottom of the scoring summary. The win-loss record of each school to date may also be present next to the team name.

Key player statistics usually include minutes played (MP), field goals (FG), free throws (FT) and three-point shots (3-PT) made and attempted, offensive (OR) and defensive rebounds (DE or DEF), and total points (TP). Some box scores also include the assists (A), turnovers (TO), blocks (BLK), steals (S) and personal fouls (PF).

Common team statistics provided in high school box scores typically include team shooting percentage, points off turnovers, second-chance points, fast-break points and any technical fouls committed by each squad.

Some high school summaries may also state the game venue, attendance figure and the officiating crew present for the game.