MHSAA alters schedule to avoid conflicts

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Daily Journal

The Mississippi High School Activities Association has corrected a scheduling problem that affected this week’s state tournament quarterfinal games for 14 girls and boys basketball teams from seven schools.

Columbus, Corinth, McComb, Oxford, Provine, Starkville and Velma Jackson all had girls and boys teams scheduled to play at the same times at two venues – the girls at Jackson State, boys at Mississippi Coliseum.

“We’re still tweaking our scheduling,” MHSAA associate director Rickey Neaves said Sunday.

This is the second season for the MHSAA to play under this format.

“If you have a girls and boys team from a school enter the tournament with the same seed, then advance to the quarterfinals, this happens,” Neaves said.

Oxford’s girls and boys teams elected to keep their 5:30 p.m. games scheduled for Friday – girls playing Hattiesburg at JSU and boys playing Wayne County at the Mississippi Coliseum.

Corinth’s girls had their Thursday 4A game against Bay High moved from 4 p.m. to 7. Pontotoc’s girls 4A game against McComb was moved from 7 p.m. to 4 in Corinth’s original slot.

Saltillo’s boys had their Friday 8:30 p.m. 5A game against Laurel moved to 7. That move allowed Provine’s game against Clarksdale to be played at 8:30.

“I like that better than playing at 8:30,” Saltillo coach Craig Lauderdale said.

Starkville’s girls had their 7 p.m. Saturday 6A game against Jim Hill moved to 5:30 at JSU. The Starkville boys game against Biloxi will remain at 7 at the Coliseum.

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