For the first time anyone can remember, the TSSAA Girls State Basketball Championships have been postponed due to snow. All of the Thursday games have been postponed and moved to Friday. The entire schedule of remaining games has had to be adjusted. Those games will start later as well to allow for extra time to get to MTSU's Murphy Center and for road conditions to approve.
The games that were to be played on Friday, including Oakland and Blackman semifinal contests, will now be played on Saturday. Since the Lady Raiders are playing a home game at 10am, those games will begin at 1:30pm. Sunday's championship game times are 1pm for AAA, 3:30pm for A and 6pm for AA.
TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress tells NewsRadio WGNS there was no way they were willing to put any student athlete's life in jeopardy in order to play basketball games. We also asked Assistant Executive Director Matt Gillespie if the tournament has ever been delayed because of inclement weather. He said he was not aware of it happening.
FRIDAY SCHEDULE OF GAMES
Oliver Springs vs. Decatur-Riverside (11am)
Clarkrange vs. Houston Co. (12:30pm)
Westmoreland vs. Grainger Co (2pm)
Craigmont vs. McMinn Central (3:45pm)
Elizabethton vs. Westview (5:15pm)
Cannon Co. vs. Martin Luther King (6:45pm)
SATURDAY SCHEDULE OF GAMES
Oakland vs. Bearden (1:30pm)
Morristown West vs. Blackman (3:00pm)
South Greene vs. Middleton (4:30pm)
Oliver Springs-Riverdale winner vs. Clarkrange-Houston Co. winner (6:00pm)
Westmoreland-Grainger Co. winner vs. Craigmont-McMinn Central winner (7:30pm)
Elizabethton-Westview winner vs. Cannon Co.-Martin Luther King winner (9:00pm)
SUNDAY SCHEDULE OF GAMES
AAA Championship (1pm)
A Championship (3:30pm)
AA Championship (6pm)