The cold weather that has resulted in schools around the state being closed and ultimately resulted in regional girls playoff basketball games being postponed has also had affects on a couple of area teams who have already advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective classes.
North Central, which is the No. 1-seed in Class 1A, Rayne and Breaux Bridge, who are seeded No. 7 and No. 11 respecitvely in Class 4A, are all eagerly awaiting to find out who they are going to face in the quarterfinals, a game that was originally expected to be played today but likely won’t happen until Saturday.
“It is frustrating,” said Lady Canes head coach Vanessa Taylor, whose team will face the winner of East Beauregard and Delhi who will play at 6 p.m. Thursday. “We know that no matter when we play we’ll have to be ready. But when you have a long wait like we are having, you have to wonder what’s going to happen when they hit the floor. Hopefully we don’t commit too many fouls because I know that we are anxious to play.”
Although many coaches can relate to how Taylor feels, Lady Wolves head coach Chester Randall has elected to refrain from allowing the circumstances get to him.
“Why let it frustrate you?” said Randall, whose Lady Wolves are awaiting the winner of the two-time defending state champions Salmen and Loyola Prep. “Why let something that you can’t control frustrate you? We don’t know who we’re going to play, but we know that no matter who wins we’re going to play on Saturday.”
When asked if the delays in completing the regional rounds has affected their preparation for the quarterfinals, the coaches delivered a resounding “no.”
“The delays really haven’t affected us at all,” Randall said. “Right now, our plan is to get film on both teams and take it from there. But we haven’t been affected because we still treat practice days as practice days and when we play the game, we’ll treat it like game day.”
That holds true for Taylor and the Lady Canes, although the only difference is Taylor is planning to attend East Beauregard and Delhi’s game in order to scout in person instead of watching film.
“Practice-wise, it isn’t bothering us because, this time of year, we normally don’t practice every day,” Taylor said. “We’re basically trying to prepare for both teams, but that’s why we wanted to get our game played so that I could go to their game and see them play. I know it has been delayed, but I’m still planning to go watch them play whenever they play it.”
Breaux Bridge, meanwhile, is awaiting the winner of the Karr-Huntington game, which was rescheduled for Wednesday and then pushed back to Thursday evening.