With word late this afternoon that school would be closed against Wednesday in Greenville and Pickens counties, the situation regarding the high school basketball playoffs became more complicated.
“It was a mess before, but if we could have played (Wednesday), at least it would give us a day, if we were fortunate enough to win,” Travelers Rest boys coach Josh Mills said. “Now it looks like we’ll be playing back-to-back.”
With schools closed Wednesday, almost all of the first-round games involving teams in the Upstate have been pushed back. They were to be played Monday through Wednesday, with the second round set for Thursday through Saturday.
The TR boys, for example, are scheduled to host Chester in the first round. The game will be played Thursday at the earliest. The winner is scheduled to play a second-round game Friday.
“You’re playing a second-round game the very next night,” Mills said. “It’s almost like a Christmas tournament, except there’s a lot more on the line.”
Only Class AAAA and AA boys second-round games are scheduled for Saturday. All other second-round games are scheduled to be completed by Friday.
The third round is scheduled to begin Monday for Class A and AAA girls teams, who could face the possibility of playing three games in five days.
“It’s the (tournament) you play for all year, and you get to cram it into a few days,” Mills said. “That’s to decide who goes to the Upper State championship.”
The Upper State championships are scheduled for Feb. 27-28 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
In the meantime, inactivity has taken over among those used to practicing and playing. Christ Church girls basketball coach Toni Leopard said anxiety got the better of her Monday night.
Leopard’s team, No. 1 in the state in Class A, had been scheduled to host Whitmire in a first-round game that had been postponed. Eager to see a game, Leopard drove about two hours to watch Great Falls play at Ridge Spring-Monetta.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that bad, and then I barely made it home,” she said.
Southside boys coach Steve Beasley said the kids probably enjoy the days off.
“I’d rather be in school,” he said. “I like routine myself.”
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