With the girls fighting for playoff wins and the boys battling for postseason, there is one opponent that no team could beat Tuesday: Mother Nature.
Inclement weather once again threw a snag into the sports schedule as most area girls bi-district playoff and boys regular season basketball games were postponed.
“The problem is you have to make a call before things really start, because you can’t just wait until that point and make a call,” Killeen ISD director of athletics Tom Rogers said. “You have to have time; you have to get the word out.”
Along with the basketball games, all KISD athletic events were also postponed or canceled.
Rogers said one of the difficult aspects of making the decision is monitoring the weather despite the unpredictability. But since District 8-5A teams are all close by and have similar weather, the district will often reschedule games en masse.
The Harker Heights Lady Knights play Duncanville tonight at 7 p.m. at Waco University, the Killeen Lady Kangaroos take on DeSoto at 7 p.m. at McLennan Community College and Ellison’s Lady Eagles will play South Grand Prairie at 7:30 p.m. at Whitney High School,
For the girls basketball teams, the postponement came at a difficult time as they haven’t played a game since Feb. 4.
“We wanted to play,” Killeen head coach Latisha Williams. “It’s a week between games and now it’s another day. We’re just ready to get out there and see what the girls do.”
Ellison has won 14 consecutive games in District 8-5A and head coach Sherry McKinnon said the postponements are something that the team has to work through.
The KISD teams are all stuck in a situation where they will have one less day to prepare for the area playoffs if they win because the other teams they can match up with played their bi-district games on Monday.
“We’ll just have to do a real quick turnaround,” McKinnon said. “We’ll have the film, we’ll look at it and we’ll just be ready to play.”
The weather also caused the boys basketball teams to reschedule their regular season finales.
Shoemaker and Heights are currently on top of the district, with Killeen in third and Copperas Cove trying to hold off Waco Midway for the final playoff spot.
Shoemaker head coach Emund Prichett said the players anticipated their game getting canceled once it started raining.
“When they came down for athletics, they looked at me and I just shook my head, so they knew exactly what was going on,” Prichett said.
“They’ll be ready to play, whether it’s today or tomorrow, they’ll be ready to play.”
The Roos don’t need the game to get into the playoffs, but a win or Cove loss to Shoemaker would give them the third seed out of the district.
Killeen is coming off an 85-52 loss at Cove on Friday and Killeen head coach Reggie Huggins said he’s confident the team will recover.
“Everything is not going to always go your way, or everything is not going to go according to schedule but, at the end of the day, you’re still playing Harker Heights and that is a very important game against a very good team,” Huggins said.
The Florence boys basketball game at Salado and Lometa-Round Top-Carmine girls bi-district playoff game were two of the only games that did not get postponed.
The Florence-Salado game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m., but moved up to 5 p.m. in order to make sure the teams got the game in before freezing temperatures settled into the area.
The Salado baseball and softball events were postponed and Salado athletic director Brent Graham said each sport and event is taken into account separately when it comes to making those decisions.
“We take it case by case,” Graham said. “We’re looking at the forecast and trying to figure out what the conditions would be and it seemed like at 5 o’clock would be our best shot to play our varsity game against Florence. Fortunately we’re a little bit closer to one another, so we’re able to play that game.”
The Salado baseball scrimmage against China Spring was rescheduled for Thursday because of field conditions while home boys and girls soccer games against Lampasas were postponed because road conditions from Lampasas to Salado were not safe.
Florence head football coach and athletic director Joey McQueen said managing athletic events over the last few weeks has not been difficult because of the communication he has had with the opposing schools.
“It’s not really hard to get it all worked out,” McQueen said.