Banks County at East Hall, 1 p.m.
White County at North Hall, 2 p.m.
Dawson County at Fannin County, 2 p.m.
Stephens County at Chestatee, 3 p.m.
Lakeview Academy at George Walton, 3 p.m.
Stir crazy. Chomping at the bit. Anxious.
Those are just a few of the words coming out of coaches’ mouths when discussing this week’s snowstorm and its impact on the basketball schedule.
With area schools closed for the fifth straight day, and some postponed games from Tuesday still yet to be rescheduled, teams around the area were still holding out hope that Friday's contests would still be played on schedule.
No such luck, as coaches found out later Thursday, when Hall County superintendent Will Schofield sent an e-mail stating that there will be no games Friday, but teams may be allowed to practice after the county assesses the conditions.
“Every time we tell the kids we can’t get in to practice, they’re disappointed,” West Hall coach Warren Sellers said. “I don’t think anybody’s in a hurry to play without practicing.”
The Spartans, like every other team in the state, had their game canceled Tuesday and since Friday’s game is called off, they’ll be forced to find two open dates on the calendar to reschedule.
That won’t be as much a concern for Buford High girls coach Gene Durden, who’s Lady Wolves are off tonight but scheduled to play Oak Hill Academy on Saturday at Wesleyan.
“We always leave a snow day at the end of the year,” Durden said. “But as of right now, we don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Durden thinks that the weather will force the Georgia High School Association to get involved.
“With so many people missing games, I’m sure the GHSA will step in and say you can do this, and you can do that,” he said. “This late in the season, the schedule is inflexible.”
What that could mean for most teams is playing more than the normal two games a week. With some teams already scheduling games on Saturdays, the cancellations might force a fourth game in the span of a week. That concept has most coaches scurrying to fill in already established open dates and hoping that the weekend’s games can go on as planned.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to play Saturday,” said Flowery Branch coach Duke Mullis, whose team is scheduled to play Loganville that day.
The weather forecast is calling for higher temperatures Friday and Saturday, which means the players, coaches and fans may finally be able get out of their house and into the gym.
Some area teams are already getting back on the court.
Riverside Military will play Friday against Hebron Christian, but the junior varsity game has been cancelled and the tip-off has been moved up to 4 p.m.
Lakeview Academy's home games against Athens Academy begin at 2:30 p.m. today .