By BEN JOHNSON
Getting games in early on this season was a nightmare for Keys. Between inclement winter weather and opponents being schools that were still playing in the football playoffs, Keys managed to squeeze in one set of games before Dec. 14, despite having five scheduled.
Once Keys got over that hump, it managed to work in three dates before Christmas and January went off without a hitch.
February isn’t working out quite as well.
With two recent storm systems dumping snow and sleet in the area, Keys’ basketball games on Tuesday night at home against Locust Grove were called off. The games — unlike the ones earlier in the season — will not be made up.
“It is very hard to get into a rhythm,” said Keys girls coach Mickey Duncan, whose team is 7-7 with only two full weeks left in the regular season. “Despite everything, our girls have remained focused regardless of weather, the injury to Kandace (Haulmark) and the difficulty of the schedule.”
Keys is slated to return to the hardwood on Friday when it will host Hilldale. The Lady Cougars will also find out their playoff assignment on Thursday when the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association posts all assignments for Class 3A schools.
Keys wasn’t alone in having games postponed on Tuesday.
Tahlequah was slated to play Pryor on the road at the Burdick Center on Tuesday night, but the games were postponed to Saturday. The two schools will tip off at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Earlier this season, Tahlequah swept a doubleheader with Pryor. The Tahlequah girls posted a 58-32 win while the Tahlequah boys recorded a 69-60 triumph.
Instead of going to Sallisaw on Tuesday night to play Sallisaw Central, Hulbert’s games were postponed on Tuesday. There was no immediate timetable to make up the games.
On the wrestling front, both Tahlequah and Keys had duals on Tuesday night canceled or rescheduled. Tahlequah’s dual at Fort Gibson was called off all together, and Keys’ dual at Webster was moved to Feb. 13.
At Northeastern State, the softball team hasn’t even started its season but has already had games in the 2014 season postponed. The RiverHawks were slated to play at the Southeastern Oklahoma State tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but those games were canceled, leaving NSU to schedule games to play at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
NSU softball coach Clay Davis said a list of games hadn’t been completed by Tuesday afternoon, but the RiverHawks will play two games on each of the three days in north Texas.
List of postponements for Tuesday
- Tahlequah basketball at Pryor - moved to Saturday at 6
- Tahlequah wrestling at Fort Gibson - canceled
- Keys wrestling at Webster - moved to Feb. 13 & adds Bishop Kelley
- Keys basketball vs. Locust Grove - canceled
- Hulbert basketball at Sallisaw Central - postponed, no makeup date yet
- Tahlequah's signing day ceremony pushed back a week
- NSU softball on Saturday - tournament in Durant canceled, multiple games at Tarleton State instead