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Girls seasons can last past postseason loss

GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman

Washington’s Olivia Pacha (54) watches Isabel Bailey score in a home game against Fairfield earlier this year.
GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman Washington’s Olivia Pacha (54) watches Isabel Bailey score in a home game against Fairfield earlier this year.

With all of the crazy weather of cold, ice and snow causing cancellations and postponements of basketball games, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has posted a memo about making up games.

All games must be finished by the end of the girls’ state basketball tournament.

If a team received a first-round bye and a desired opponent also has a first-round bye, schools can reschedule a postponed game after other schools have already begun regional play. Similarly, if two teams have lost in the regionals, they may play once they have been eliminated, if they so desire. The Union even will allow two games against two different opponents on the same day.

An individual player can play in a maximum of eight quarters in a day, so this would count as two games played.

IGHSAU discourages dropping a scheduled game to make up another game unless the two schools mutually agree that it is in the best interest of both schools to cancel the game.

Sometimes both schools have to reschedule conference games to determine conference championships and are backed up with games.

The Union disourages the practice of a school contacting the other and saying ‘we are going to cancel the game.’ The other school may have had senior night scheduled, expecting a home game, or have other reasons in which to play. A better practice would be to have the two schools visit about this and, if mutually agreed to cancel, that is the local school’s decision.

Postseason games must be held as scheduled for obvious reasons. However, a postseason loss is not necessarily the end of a school’s season.