Winter weather scrambles high school schedule

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Thursday’s ice, snow and below-freezing temperatures definitely chilled Northeast Mississippi’s basketball schedule on the high school and community college levels.
The annual Lee County Tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday at Shannon High School, was postponed until next week.
Shannon boys coach Cedric Brim said the four-game opening round would be played Jan. 14, with the consolation and championship games scheduled for Jan. 16.
Next Thursday’s games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with Nettleton’s girls playing Mooreville. The boys matchup between the Tigers and Troopers follows at 5:30. Saltillo plays host Shannon in girls and boys action starting at 7.
The girls’ championship game is scheduled for 5 and the boys’ contest at 6:30 on Jan. 16. The consolation final starts with the girls game at 2.
Other postponements
Play in three other county tournaments – Alcorn, Monroe and Tippah – was postponed until today, Saturday and possibly Monday. However, today’s schedule in all three events again depends on the weather and road conditions.
“If we’re postponed (Friday) we’ll have to come up with another plan,” said Walnut coach Mike Lewis, whose school is hosting the Tippah County Tournament.
Hamilton is hosting the Monroe County Tournament while the Alcorn County Tournament is being played at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth.
“If the Alcorn County schools are out (Friday) we will not be playing,” said Corinth boys coach Keith Greene. Corinth City Schools were open Thursday. “I guess we’d postpone until Saturday and Monday.”

Tater changes
In Vardaman, the Tater Tournament bracket was revised after Caledonia pulled out of the event.
Today’s schedule features four games, starting at 4 p.m. with a West Point-Bruce boys and girls doubleheader. It will be followed at 7 by a Vardaman-Calhoun City girls and boys matchups.
On Saturday, the consolation games are scheduled for 2 and 3:30 p.m. while the championship games will tip off at 5 and 6:30.

Contact Gene Phelps at 678-1593 or gene.phelps@djournal.com