Roughly five inches of snow and ice hit the metro-Atlanta late Sunday night and with temperatures hovering around freezing, it may take up to five days for the snow and ice to melt. Tuesday's games were postponed due to inclement weather and region games will be rescheduled for a date later in the season, but coaches are saying if there is school Friday, games will continue as scheduled.
The only downside to playing Friday is not getting sufficient practice time.
Several key games Tuesday that could change the momentum of the season were postponed. The Campbell boys game at Harrison is one of them as is the Woodstock's game versus county rival Cherokee.
"We have a couple of guys banged up and time off might help with the injuries," Campbell coach James Gwyn said. "(Tuesday) is another day we have to take off, and it's concerning a little bit. You want your kids to stay sharp. With the guys taking five days off, I'm a little concerned about conditioning. You worry more about the hamstrings because that can nag you for a long time."
The Spartans (12-1, 4-0 in Region 4AAAAA) have yet to reschedule tonight's postponed match with Harrison, and Gwyn said if there is school Friday, Campbell's road game at North Cobb may go on as scheduled.
And the weather may have an impact on Harrison's momentum. The Hoyas have won 10 of their last 11 games since losing two in a row in early December.
The Woodstock boys, who are coming off a huge win over Cherokee rival Etowah last Friday, were scheduled to play Cherokee tonight in another 5AAAAA game. The Wolverines are still waiting on the status of Friday's game at Marietta.
Another pivotal game in Cherokee County that may be postponed is Friday's matchup between Chattahoochee and Creekview at Creekview, but the Grizzlies's game at Johns Creek tonight is being rescheduled. Creekview (11-4, 5-1) is in second place in 7AAAA behind undefeated archrival Sequoyah.
Like many area teams, the weather may put a halt to Creekview's momentum. The Grizzlies have won five games in a row.
The Chiefs caught a break by not scheduling a game tonight but are still unable to practice. They're carrying a perfect 16-0 record into Friday's game against Rome at the War Lodge.
"We were lucky we didn't play (Tuesday)," Sequoyah coach Jeremy Adams said. "If we're in school Friday, we'll play without practicing. Other teams are experiencing the same deal. You can lose some rhythm by not being on the court. That's the only thing that's tough. You have do what you can. There's not a lot you can do about it."
Both Marietta teams were supposed to begin a five-game home stretch that started with a non-region game with Milton. But a five-game homestand could be shortened to three if Friday's game against Woodstock is called off.
"We have five games in a row at home and would be nice to get a little rhythm going, but everyone will have to go through the same thing," Marietta girls coach Ken Sprague, Jr. said. "As far as I know, we should be able to get this thing going by Friday, hopefully."
Another key boys region game being postponed is the Region 5AAAA contest between east Cobb rivals Pope and Sprayberry. The Greyhounds (10-4, 3-1) started strong but are on a two-game losing streak and are eager to get back on court after falling their first region game to Alexander and to non-region foe Walton on Saturday.
Pope is in a four-way tie for second in 5AAAA and Sprayberry (7-6, 2-2) isn't far behind.