Winter Weather Causing Headaches for Basketball Coaches
The icy weather has kept teams out of high school gyms across western Kentucky with a total of two boys’ games involving a Second Region team played this week.
At present, that could benefit a Trigg County Wildcat team that has battled sickness since Christmas. Corbin Estes was Trigg’s third-leading scorer before the Christmas break but has played in just one game in 2014 due to being sick.
Luke McKenzie, who scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds last Friday, missed a week last month due to sickness and was just getting back into regular form.
So in some ways, the weather may help get players better without missing February games.
However, no school means no practice time. And looking back, history hasn’t been on Trigg’s side when they miss more than a week of games due to the weather.
In 2010, Trigg County was 10-10 after a district win over Crittenden County. Bad weather kept the Wildcats off the floor for 10 days. Trigg came back and lost four of their final six games and were bounced in the first round of the district tournament.
Back in 2009 when the ice storm hit western Kentucky, Trigg County went 12 days between games and finished the regular season losing five of seven games. The Wildcats rebounded to win the district tournament on their home floor and beat a Jon Hood-less Madisonville team in the first round of the region tournament.
It’s interesting to note that in 1976-77, Trigg County went to school a total of two days between December 17 and January 27 due to winter weather yet played seven games in that stretch.
One thing is for sure. With the start of district tournaments just over two weeks away, you may see some coaches decide against rescheduling the missed games in order to just get in some valuable practice time.