Blizzard brings longest halftime ever for Mountain View girls hoops

Call it the longest halftime ever.

The visiting Mountain View girls basketball team got off to a nice start this past Saturday against Habersham Central, but the players and coaches never made it back out on the court from the halftime break. A Habersham coach alerted them of the foul winter weather outside, so they were quickly back on a bus bound for Lawrenceville.

They will begin the third quarter today at 6 p.m. after another road trip to Mount Airy, ending a four-day halftime break.

"I've never heard of anything like that, absolutely not," Mountain View girls coach Jackie Lindquist said.

The Bears were off to a good start in the second matchup of the season between the Region 7-AAAAAA playoff contenders --Mountain View won the first 46-38 on Dec. 11.

Iceis Walker had 13 first-half points in last Saturday's delayed game, helping her team to a 31-25 halftime edge. Lindquist had finished her halftime speech when the Habersham coach brought the news.

"We were in their auxiliary gym at halftime and (the coach) came running in," Lindquist said. "You could see the panic on his face. He said, 'It's a blizzard. It's snowing pretty hard.' I opened the door and couldn't believe it. ... We drove a long way home to get out of it."

It took a few minutes to determine how to proceed, with the help of 7-AAAAAA secretary Dolford Layson and Georgia High School Association executive director Ralph Swearngin. After some discussion, the game officials called the game because of the weather and the teams agreed to finish the game this week.

"The girls couldn't believe it," Lindquist said. "They wanted to play."

They also didn't particularly want another drive to Mount Airy two days before Friday's big Senior Night festivities. The Bears have seven seniors on the girls roster.

"It's a big week and I think our girls wanted to just focus on Senior Night," Lindquist said.