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Weather playing havoc on state basketball tournaments

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It seems that Mother Nature is not a basketball fan and region tournaments statewide are paying the price. The weather event (ice storm) has forced several regions to alter their region tournament schedules or scrap the tournaments altogether, sending their top four teams to the state playoffs.

On Monday, the GHSA pushed back the start of the state basketball tournament next week to allow region tournaments to finish.

On Tuesday morning, the GHSA pushed back the start of the state traditional wrestling tournament one day to Friday, operating with a compressed schedule at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

A number of region basketball tournaments featuring Middle Georgia schools have been altered ahead of the expected inclement weather.

The Region 2-AAA tournament was not played Tuesday. Three girls games were scheduled to be played at Peach County. A makeup date hasn't been determined but the region had an off day on Wednesday.

Region 4-AA has postponed its tournament games on Wednesday and Thursday to Friday and Saturday. The championship games are now scheduled for Monday at Bleckley County.

The Region 7-A moved games to separate sites on Tuesday.

Region 4-A has postponed the start of its tournament until Thursday. The opening games were set for Tuesday at Greenville, which is southwest of Atlanta in Meriwether County. The first games will be played at Greenville on Thursday and then the tournament moves to Dooly County for Friday, Saturday and Monday.

The GHSA has postponed the start of the state basketball tournament one day to Wednesday, February 19, for girls and Thursday, February 20, for boys due to inclement weather forecasted for the metro Atlanta area Tuesday and Wednesday.

A number of region tournaments were affected by the weather, as several metro counties canceled extracurricular activities Tuesday night. The cancellations will cause days to be lost from region tournaments, which determine the state playoff participants from each region.

The adjustment could allow region tournaments to finish as late as Monday. Region tournaments previously had to finish by Saturday.

The GHSA has given regions permission to schedule multiple games for single teams in one day. Regions could also elect not to contest a championship and instead send its four state playoff representatives based on the regular-season finish.

The weather has already affected the Region 2-AAAAA tournament in suburban Augusta. The schedule called for four games beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Greenbrier. Because of the potential bad weather beginning Tuesday night, the region moved the tournament to two sites, with Evans hosting two games and Greenbrier hosting the other two. The late games at both sites are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., rather than the previously scheduled 8 p.m. late game at Greenbrier.

The Region 2-AAAAA girls games were scheduled for Wednesday at Greenbrier but they have been moved to Thursday.

Peach County athletics director Chad Campbell said the Region 2-AAA tournament, which will be held in Fort Valley, could alter its schedule if classes are cancelled for the members of the region located in metro Atlanta.

The tournament has a scheduled off day Wednesday, so the tournament could play make-up games then. Campbell told the Macon Telegraph and WMAZ that the championship games, which are set for Friday, could be moved to Saturday. Henry County, Jackson and Pike County are the northern members of the region.

Region 2-AAAA moved up its tipoff times Tuesday by 30 minutes, with the first game starting at 3:30 p.m. at Rutland. That tournament has Wednesday as their off day and they plan on resuming play at Rutland High School on Thursday.

Some metro Atlanta regions are scrapping entire teams and rounds from its tournaments because of multiple missed days.

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