CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Area high school basketball teams again practiced evasive maneuvers Tuesday after another round of harsh weather knocked out a full slate of games.
School was cancelled in all 55 West Virginia counties Tuesday because of snow. Locally, there were eight boys basketball and three girls basketball games postponed by the poor weather.
Sectional tournaments begin Feb. 24 for girls and March 3 for boys, providing a deadline that presents a significant challenge to several teams in their pursuits of playing a complete regular season schedule.
Capital's boys team, for instance, has played just six games. The Cougars are enjoying their best start to a season since 2007-08, but have only 35 days in which to play the remaining 15 games on their schedule before the start of postseason play. This means that Capital will have to play once every 2.3 eligible days in order to complete its allotment of 21 regular-season games.
High school teams are prohibited from playing on Sundays unless extenuating circumstances intervene in the midst of a state tournament.
In fact, most area Class AAA teams have even less time to reschedule games than others. All eight Class AAA schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties belong to the Mountain State Athletic Conference. The MSAC conducts its Night of Champions on Feb. 22 at the South Charleston Community Center, with placement games scheduled for Feb. 20-21 at campus sites throughout the league.
"We can't make up games after the 19th or 20th (of February)," Capital coach Carl Clark said Tuesday. "We can't make them up because of the MSAC playoffs."
In reality, Capital and Riverside have 27 days to play the remainder of their regular season schedules. For Capital, which had to eliminate one game from its slate this season because it overscheduled in 2012-13, that means one game every 1.8 eligible days from today to the end of the regular season.
Riverside, in its first year being coached by Ryan Carter, has also played just six times.
"If we have many more delays I don't know that we can get them in," Clark said. "We have February to still deal with, and supposedly that's the worst month, weather-wise. Here we are in January and we've already cancelled three or four games."
Class AAA teams have played an average of 9.1 games each as of Monday night, with Greenbrier East (9-3) and Point Pleasant (6-6) playing more frequently than all other teams. Capital is 5-1 and ranked third in the Class AAA poll.
Overall, West Virginia prep teams have each played an average of 9.22 games per team. The averages for Class AA and Class A teams are each 9.3 games per team. Hurricane (8-2) is the only school in the Kanawha Valley that has played above the state's all-class average.
Class A Greenbrier West has played less frequently than any team in the state, and is 3-2. Coincidentally, Capital would be tied with Greenbrier West for the fewest number of games played if Capital High School administrators had complied with a government order on Jan. 9 to close the school's doors in wake of the water crisis that began earlier that day. Instead, the Cougars beat Class AAA No. 6 South Charleston in overtime, 72-71.