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Weather sets back local hoops

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The winter weather that shut down schools and glazed highways over the past week has also affected the local sports world.

Numerous games, tournaments and practices were forced to cancel, meaning most local teams haven’t picked up a basketball since last Thursday.

Long Layoff

LONG LAYOFF – Decatur’s Murphy Graham goes in for a layup during the Lady Eagles win over Grapevine Faith at the Alvord Tournament. The Lady Eagles are off to a 10-0 start to begin the season. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The cancellations come at a bad time for a couple of local teams that are set to begin league play later this week.

After playing only six pre-district games, the Boyd Lady ‘Jackets will begin district play Friday when they travel to Paradise. The Lady ‘Jackets got in one game in the Chico Tournament Thursday before the rest of the tournament was canceled. They haven’t been able to practice since.

Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill hopes the layoff doesn’t hurt his team too much.

“I guess we won’t know until Friday,” Cranfill said. “Everybody else is sitting around, too. We usually have 12 or 13 games under our belt by this time.”

Boyd also lost Monday’s scheduled game against Castleberry.

Although they have played more games, Paradise is stuck in an even longer layoff. They were unable to play any games at the Jacksboro Tournament, and their game Tuesday against Lindsay was canceled.

“We haven’t played in a week – or been able to have a practice,” Paradise coach Kevin Pope said. “We felt like we were right where we needed to be before the district season, so I hope the time off doesn’t hurt us.”

In 31 years of coaching, Pope says he’s never had weather be this big of a factor right before league play.

“This is all new territory for me,” Pope said.

Decatur was forced to deal with time away from the gym too, but at least they have a few more weeks before district play opens.

“It’s frustrating because we have been playing well,” Decatur coach Billy Garner said. “It feels like the holidays. It’ll be like we are starting over a little bit.”

The Lady Eagles have started the season 10-0, after their 52-28 win over Grapevine Faith in their only game of the Alvord Tournament.

“We’ve been doing some good things offensively,” Garner said. “I’d say we are a little ahead of expectations at this point, so things are starting to come together.”

Decatur had to cancel their scheduled game Tuesday against Muenster, and will get back to action Friday when they travel to Aubrey.

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