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Afternoon Update

High School Sports

January 10, 2014

County tourney finally may happen

(Continued)

ANDERSON, Ind. —

“One good thing for us is that we played three games over the break,” said Eagles coach Brent Brobston. “We don’t have a lot of time to prepare. But every team faces a similar situation of not being able to practice because of the weather.”

Many coaches have not seen all of their varsity players since last weekend. Some have been able to open the gym doors and allow players to come in if they felt they could make the trip safely, but it was purely voluntary.

“This time off coming right after the break, you’d expect teams to come in a little rusty,” said PH boys coach Brian Hahn. “I think it favors the deeper team and the more experienced team.”

For the Lady Tribe, one of the favorites to win the county title, they have a North Central Conference game against New Castle on Saturday. “We were looking at having to play four games in four days,” said Anderson coach Chad Cook. “Now we’ll have four games in five days. But we play the fourth toughest schedule in the state and it has taught us to be ready for every game.”

The Lapel girls are sitting in a unique spot that might be a blessing or a curse. They have a bye in the first round so they won’t play until Monday. That means the once-beaten and No. 3-ranked Bulldogs will have 16 days between games by the time they play the winner of the Frankton vs. Elwood first-round contest.

“You worry about them being in shape,” said Lapel coach Kevin Brattain. “By this time in the season, they either know what you’re doing or they don’t.”

That question will be answered tonight.

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