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Three Stephens County basketball programs had games canceled this weekend because of poor weather conditions for opposing teams.
The hardest hit was Comanche, who was supposed to host its homecoming night Friday versus Kingston. With both boys teams undefeated in conference play and ranked — Comanche is No. 7 and Kingston is No. 18 — Indian coach Nick Price was sad to see the game not happen.
“Not being able to play a big game where our kids and their kids were both ready to play last night, whatever night we reschedule this for, we have to get up for that game again,” Price said.
The schools are looking at possibly rescheduling it for Thursday, Lady Indians’ coach Sean Hushbeck confirmed. That would mean back-to-back big games for the school. The Indians play their district assignment Tishomingo on Friday.
“It can be a good thing when you have to play games back-to-back before the week of the playoffs, because it can get you ready for that grind of two or three games in three days,” Hushbeck said.
Bray-Doyle also had a game canceled on Friday, at Ringling. Ashlee Kelly was disappointed that the two teams couldn’t make it work, because Bray-Doyle is preparing for the district playoffs, which start on Feb. 14. The Donkeys will have to win at Fletcher that day or they’ll be headed home.
“We were all looking forward to this game,” Kelly said.
Ringling had to cancel Saturday’s game versus Empire as well. The Bulldogs find themselves in the same situation as the Donkeys as they have to play Geronimo in their first-round game. The difference is Empire already has games Monday and Tuesday night, so coach Jason Allensworth appreciates the night off.
Still, he said the bad still outweighs the good from losing a game when the Bulldogs are on a two-game winning streak.
“You like to play more when you’re playing better, because you want that continued success,” Allensworth said.