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Area girls hoops coaches react to sectional schedule changes

January 31, 2019

With the polar vortex that’s settled into the midwest this week, it’s wreaked havoc with area girls basketball sectional schedules.

For La Porte coach Rob Walker, it’s been challenging after his team hasn’t held a required practiced all week so far and hasn’t played a game since last Saturday night. That’s a little concerning considering the Slicers’ biggest games are looming, but Walker has tried to take it in stride.

“It’s not ideal, of course,” Walker said on Tuesday night. “All of the practices for Wednesday at the school have been canceled. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to practice on Thursday. And then, when we don’t have school, practices could be optional. It’s probably a little bit tougher on schools like La Porte, where we have a lot of kids coming from the county. La Porte has a very large school district.”

The Slicers were originally scheduled to play in a Class 4A Mishawaka Sectional semifinal on Friday night.

Instead, La Porte will now play in the first semifinal on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. It received the only bye in that sectional and will face the Mishawaka/South Bend Riley winner. There are now three games scheduled for Friday night in that sectional, beginning at 4 p.m. The Cavemen and Wildcats play first, followed by South Bend St. Joseph’s-South Bend Adams. Penn and South Bend Clay close out Friday night. The championship game is slated for Monday at 6.

Walker said his advice to his players during this off time is conditioning is crucial.

“I’m reminding them to stay in condition, to do whatever they can at their house to at least get some type of workout in Wednesday,” Walker said.

“The real players, you don’t really have to get on them. They’re going to be playing no matter what. Even if they can’t make it to practice, they’re going to find some way to put some shots up and make sure they don’t lose their conditioning at all. The schemes and stuff we’re working on for the sectional, of course we want them there for that as well. But as long as we stay conditioned and we don’t lose that conditioning level we’ve been working at all season, that’s the key.”

— All times CST.

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