Ice Freezes the Game
"Play has been suspended indefinitely. Game time will be announced at a later time. Thanks for coming. Drive safely," the announcer said.
There was a packed gym. It was a close contest with great plays.
"One of the best high school atmospheres you can possibly have. A crowd of 1400. Hotly contested," said Hickman Athletic Director Doug Mirts.
But when Yvonne Anderson slipped on a wet spot on the floor, the chances of finishing went slip sliding away.
"It's disappointing. But we need to keep safety as our top priority. Obviously the slippage on the court made it unsafe playing conditions," explained Bruce Whitesides, Columbia public schools athletic director.
First there were towels and then buckets on the court. For forty minutes they tried to stop the drips, but it didn't work and everyone got sent home.
There are no winners when a basketball game gets rained out.
"I feel like we lost because we didn't get to finish this game and I feel like we were about to come out and do some things," said Hickman junior guard Yvonne Anderson.
"I would love to have a new facility, but we have to deal with what we have right now and our remedy is going to be getting the roof fixed. It's going to have to be spring or summer before that is going to happen," added Mirts.
With no repairs in the near future, games at Hickman gym have the chance of melting away.
The completion of the game is set for Monday at 6 p.m. at Hickman.
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