Un­ex­pected break throws bas­ket­ball sched­ules off

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

Last week's win­ter storm caused havoc through­out Newton County. It has also put the county's bas­ket­ball teams in a sit­u­a­tion where they'll need to make up two and even three games in the case of Al­covy and Newton.

"It's not a pretty pic­ture right now," Newton coach Rick Ras­mussen said. "Ba­si­cally ev­ery­one lost three games. We'll have to make up the re­gion games first and then we'll hope to work some­thing out for the Rock­dale game. Right now our pri­or­ity is the re­gion games."

Ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia High School As­so­ci­a­tion, re­gion games must be resched­uled. For East­side that means games against Lo­cust Grove and Jack­son while Al­covy must resched­ule games against Jones County and Union Grove. Newton must find room to make up games against West­lake and East Coweta. Then there are the two games out of re­gion for Al­covy and Newton. The Tigers were sup­posed to play at Phillips Arena Satur­day against Salem while the much an­tic­i­pated matchup with Rock­dale for Newton was scrubbed as well. That game may never hap­pen.

"Right now we don't have any open­ings so I don't know how we are go­ing to work that in," Ras­mussen said. "It's not go­ing to be easy to work in. I hope they can get it worked out. We'd like to play it but you can't can­cel other games just to resched­ule it. Hope­fully we'll find a day that will work for both schools."

The Rams play East­side next Satur­day and are sup-

posed to travel to Rock­dale the fol­low­ing Satur­day for what was sup­posed to be the sec­ond of two games. Ac­cord­ing to Ras­mussen, they will likely have to play at least two games dur­ing the week once to make up one of the re­gion games and may have to use an open Satur­day to make up the East Coweta game.

"It's the long­est break we've ever had dur­ing the sea­son in my 10 years," Ras­mussen said. "We're in un­charted ter­ri­tory and again, ev­ery­one's sched­ule is messed up. It's go­ing to be hec­tic try­ing to play three and maybe four games a week while you are also a full-time stu­dent."

The Rams could make up the West­lake game Wed­nes­day depend­ing on whether the ad­min­is­tra­tors at West­lake can work it out. He em­pha­sized that game would have to be resched­uled be­fore they play East Coweta for the first time. That could put at least one of the Rock­dale games in jeop­ardy and per­haps both if things get too hec­tic.

"I'm not sure even play­ing the sec­ond game would be very good for ei­ther team at this point," he said. "You have to think about the aca­demics of the stu­dents too. That's a lot to ask kids that are also try­ing to con­cen­trate on their aca­demics so we may end up hav­ing to can­cel that game. It'll de­pend on what the ath­letic di­rec­tors and prin­ci­pals can work out."

The teams will get back to some sem­blance of nor- malcy this week. Ras­mussen said he ex­pects to get back in the gym Mon­day but added he's a bit concerned with the lay­off es­pe­cially due to the fact that the Rams had been play­ing well be­fore the un­ex­pected break.

"We'll have to al­most start over with the fun­da­men­tals and make sure we haven't for­got­ten how to play," he said. "We'll prac­tice Mon­day and play Tues­day and pos­si­bly Wed­nes­day at West­lake but we have things we have to work on be­fore we can even talk about the scout­ing re­port for Luella. We won five in a row be­fore the week off so hope­fully it won't af­fect us. We're re­ally big on not tak­ing time off. Our sched­ule is set up to stay fresh and this throws a huge wrench in that."

Check back through­out the week for up­dates.

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