We don’t know the full damage from the winter weather over the weekend. But we do now this — some of the state’s high school basketball teams will be turning in some overtime hours down the most important stretch of the season.
If you recall, icy conditions at another time last month triggered a series of cancellations of games. Many of those games were the all-important region games, which determine the ultra-important playoffs.
The GHSA addressed that situation the best it could, waiving its rule which restricted basketball teams from playing only one game on a weeknight. Why? To stay on pace for basketball’s first round of the state playoff tournament on Feb. 26. Any delay to the start of the playoffs would cause mind-boggling complications (host sites, scheduling) for the postseason tournament planned out months in advance.
So what happens now? What about this weekend’s weather?
It appears that the first option will be to get the games in. You might see a few teams have to play as many as four or fives game for one week. It would be rare, but it could happen.
What about Plan B? “We’ll see where we stands. but years ago when we had a situation like this, we encouraged the teams to make sure to play the region games that have bearing on the seeding spots (for the playoffs),” said GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin.
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