People are sick of hearing about COVID-19, but it is still affecting many games and beyond this season.
The Greenbrier Lady Cats were forced into quarantine two weeks ago and found their way back on the floor for two crucial district games against Sycamore Friday and Saturday.
They dropped both games to the Lady Eagles in less than 24 hours by scores of 68-42 and 47-29 respectively.
Greenbrier head coach Brianna Gillen said the long lay-off has created a “fatigue” problem. Her team trailed by five at halftime in both games but failed to keep up in the third quarter.
“A couple of minutes in the third quarter, we’re just gassed,” Gillen said. “It’s exhausting. That’s not anything - there’s nothing we can do. No practice, no games, it’ll do that to you. I think it would have been a different story had we had those 10 days back, but you know, it is what it is.”
With the lack of structure and constant moving parts this season, Gillen really does not know how it will all affect their postseason chances. The added weather this week will only complicate things more.
“I really don’t know,” Gillen said. “I don’t know with the snow and how that’s going to affect us, too. It’s just one of those things where we’re just gonna take it one day at a time. It’s all we can do.”
The Lady Eagles have also dealt with three of their own forfeits throughout the season, and head coach Cody King said he will do anything to fit as many games in for his girls as possible.
“We’re trying to squeeze as many in at the end of the season as possible, and we’ll play anyone,” King said. “Our girls, I just hate it for them that they don’t get to, you know, actually prove themselves in their district, so it’s been tough.”
The Eagles will host their first-round matchup, but who they play is yet to be determined as of this writing.
King thinks the district has a number of comparable teams, but he does not really want to go up against Greenbrier again despite defeating them twice in a row.
“I think our district is deep, you know,” King said. “I think there’s a lot of good teams. That’s a team I wouldn’t want to see in the district tournament again, so I think every game is gonna be a grind. I think that’s why our district is where it is. Everyone’s kind of equal in there.”
Once the Lady Eagles get back to game-form completely, King said he believes they have a chance to make some noise in the tournament.
“I’m confident,” King said. “I think once we get some practice time in and you know, we get a couple games under our belt, we’re starting to mesh together, and I think we’ve got some real potential.”
BOX SCORE: (Saturday, Feb. 13)
Sycamore (47) - Callie Gudino 14, Izzy McPherson 14, Kyra Shearon 11, D.D. Lynch 6, Brayden Suiter 2
Greenbrier (28) - Ella Disney 7, Ashley Marshall 6, Emma Disney 5, Hailey Blair 4, Halle Barnes 2, MaKenlee Jones 2, Avery Witherspoon 2