MURFREESBORO – Cory Barrett took his daughter sledding this week as a way to celebrate the recent snow days and time away from school.
However, it served another purpose for the third-year Riverdale girls basketball coach.
It gave him a chance to get out of the house and keep from going stir crazy about being away from his basketball team.
“I got to spend some quality time with my daughter,” Barrett said. “You are used to going, going, going. This isn’t me, being cooped up in the house.
“It is driving me a little stir crazy.”
Basketballs have been out of the hands of players the past three days — minus perhaps a pick-up game at SportsCom or Patterson Park Community Center.
Rutherford County schools director Don Odom has stopped all extra-curricular activities each of the past three days since the inclement weather hit on Monday due to the road conditions. Likewise, Cannon County also has been unable to practice this week.
“I’m sure Upperman and Livingston (who play in the girls consolation) haven’t practiced either,” said Cannon County girls coach Michael Dodgen, whose team plays Central Magnet at 5 p.m. Saturday at Cookeville in the District 8-AA championship game. “It could be the ugliest championship and consolation game you’ve ever seen.
“But at this point I just want to get in the gym and play. I don’t know when we are going to play. I just want to get in the gym.”
The MTCS girls did just that on Wednesday in a non-mandatory workout to prepare for the Lady Cougars’ District 9-A championship game with Community scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Eagleville.
Lady Cougars coach Lynn Burkey said he made the practice optional for those players whose roads were clear.
“There are some places where I know they can’t get out,” Burkey said. “I told them if they have their parents’ permission and can get here safely to come. If they can’t make it here, it’s no big deal.”
Dodgen said he’s concerned with player safety after this many days off of conditioning. Barrett added that he believes depth will be key in district consolation and championship games after several days off.
Barrett said he hopes his team works on conditioning on its own, and if able to travel to a rec center and play some basketball to get some shooting in.
“I know several have been to the rec center or to Patterson Park,” Barrett said. “We took off Sunday as well, but some went to an open gym at Christiana. We’re trying to get in the gyms, but we can’t do that.
“However, everyone has to do deal with it.”
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