CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Schools superintendent Dr. Ron Duerring did not return calls seeking an answer regarding Capital's 72-71 win in overtime at home against South Charleston last week.
After water permit holders were ordered to close their doors throughout the county due to the chemical spill at Freedom Industries on Jan. 8, games at George Washington and Riverside high schools were immediately postponed.
It was business as usual at Capital, where junior Carrington Morris scored 23 points to lead the Cougars to their fourth win in as many games this season. South Charleston fell to 4-1.
It was, in fact, not the only game played in Kanawha County that night. Charleston Catholic's girls team played host to Parkersburg Catholic that night as well. The Irish beat the Crusaderettes in overtime.
Winfield coach Pat McGinnis was infuriated by the discrepancy. The Generals traveled to Riverside that night only to have their game postponed.
"We drove all the way from Winfield, our parents went out and bought a bunch of water for all the kids and now they tell us we can't play," McGinnis said. "That's fine, and I understand the concerns, but if they can't play at Riverside how come can they play at Capital?"
Riverside is a 75-mile round trip from Winfield High School.
Nitro at George Washington was also postponed that night. That game will be made up at 1 p.m. on Saturday at GW. No date has been announced for the postponed game between Winfield (5-2) and Riverside (3-0).
The only game to be played in Kanawha County since last Thursday was a girls basketball game at St. Albans on Saturday. St. Albans High School is not a West Virginia American Water customer.
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TREY DAWSON'S conversion into a point guard at Hurricane has had its ups and downs, but Redskins coach Lance Sutherland said that Dawson is learning on the fly and has made progress.
Dawson missed three early shots from 3-point range to open the Redskins' 57-46 win over Parkersburg on Jan. 7 but then adjusted to become a facilitator and key defender, leaving his scoring interest behind him. The result saw him grab a game-high five steals, lead Hurricane with four assists and finish with eight rebounds.