QUINCY, W.Va. -- When the term "lockdown" is used in basketball, it typically applies to a staunch defensive effort by a particular player or team.
Riverside High School gave new meaning to the word Thursday night, carefully controlling any media access in covering the Warriors' 88-45 loss to visiting Beckley.
"We don't want anybody talking to parents or players, or anything like that," Riverside Principal Valery Harper told an area television cameraman as he tried to gain entrance to the game, which was played less than 24 hours after Riverside Coach Dusty Herscher and his staff were suspended indefinitely by Harper.
Harper confirmed the suspensions of Herscher and assistant coach Matt Kelly late Thursday morning, adding that she had hoped to know more about the long-term resolution of the matter by the end of the day.
By game's end at close to 9 p.m., no new developments had taken place.
Harper said Thursday afternoon that she could not disclose the nature of the suspensions due to personnel guidelines.
By Thursday night, the tone had become more protective. After initially refusing to allow any media access to the game, Harper softened her stance, allowing for media members to cover the game, which the Class AAA No. 3 Flying Eagles led 29-9 at the end of the first quarter and 48-26 at halftime over a Warriors team coached by Riverside girls basketball Coach Scott Garretson.
"We just don't want anybody approaching parents over the matter that's happened while the game's going on," Harper said. "We want everyone to enjoy the game.
"If you want to talk to people after the game, you're more than welcome to."
Garretson spoke briefly after the game while a Riverside vice principal Andrew Johnson stood close by listening in to the interview.