Athletic directors and administrators in District 10-A are hopeful that rescheduling their basketball tournament once will be sufficient.
As icy, cold conditions persist across the area and with the expectation of additional inclement weather, the decision was made to postpone the district tournament until Monday and play the 10 games over a four-day period.
“We had heard that one other district was making plans to start Friday,” Richland principal and AD Micah Landers said. “(Monday) that seemed like a pretty good idea. But we tried to look out as far as we could for the best opportunity to get started.
“With impending weather coming back in (Wednesday) and Thursday – if we don’t get some warm weather, some sunshine in some of our communities, it’s not going to be safe. Monday looks like the best opportunity for everybody to get out, and also for everybody to practice at least a day.”
Play-in games, which were originally slated for Feb. 15 and 16, will instead be played on Monday, with Mt. Pleasant’s girls traveling to Santa Fe and Hampshire’s boys traveling to Mt. Pleasant.
Both boys and girls semifinal games will be played on Tuesday, with the girls championship and consolation games set for Feb. 24 and the conclusive boys contests on Feb. 25.
“It comes down to safety,” Landers said. “And we don’t want to have to change every two days. We feel like we can get it (played) and accommodate all our fans and communities safely.”
Monday, Feb. 22
Girls play-in, Mt. Pleasant (5) at Santa Fe (4), 6 p.m.
Boys play-in, Hampshire (5) at Mt. Pleasant (4), 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Girls semifinal, Mt. Pleasant/Santa Fe winner at Richland (1), 5:30 p.m.
Girls semifinal, Culleoka (3) at Hampshire (2), 6 p.m.
Boys semifinal, Culleoka (3) at Santa Fe (2), 6 p.m.
Boys semifinal, Hampshire/Mt. Pleasant winner at Richland (1), 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Girls championship at higher seed, 6 p.m.
Girls consolation at higher seed, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Boys championship at higher seed, 6 p.m.
Boys consolation at higher seed, 6 p.m.