Prep basketball notes: Snowjam slows Shiloh boys' tournament travels

Tuesday snowstorms sent high school athletics officials and basketball coaches scrambling to reschedule games that were postponed as a result.

But as many headaches as the postponements occurring with just two weeks left in the regular season have caused, few people are dealing with bigger ones than Shiloh boys coach Kim Rivers.

The Generals (13-6) were scheduled to leave Wednesday to participate in the 2014 Monteverde Academy Invitational Tournament this weekend just outside Orlando, Fla.

However, the still frozen road conditions and continued gridlock on metro Atlanta’s highways caused by abandoned vehicles made that departure impossible.

The Generals, along with DeKalb county powerhouse Columbia, which is also participating in the tournament, were finally able to hit the road early Thursday morning, though both teams had tip-off times for their opening games of the three-day tournament altered.

Columbia was originally supposed to open up the tournament with its first-round game against Greensboro (N.C.) Day today at 3 p.m., with Shiloh to follow at 4:40 p.m. with its game against Orlando Christian.

“Columbia is also in the tournament, so they’re in the same boat,” Shiloh coach Kim Rivers said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve already made arrangements (for Columbia and Shiloh) to play at 7 and 8:40 instead of 3 and 4:40. Even if we leave (early Thursday morning), we think we can still get down there in time.”

With their regularly scheduled game against Grayson having been postponed Tuesday night and rescheduled for next Wednesday, the Generals are now set to play six games over the next nine days.

And with the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 10, Rivers knows he may have to adjust his substitution patterns, particularly during this weekend’s tournament.

“It’s a great experience for the kids,” Rivers said of the tournament. “It’s a chance for them to come together as a team and bond heading into the region tournament. But it’s going to be tough. I’ll try to play my bench as much as possible (during the Monteverde tournament) because it’s not as important as region. We’ll just see what happens.”

More make-up dates announced

While some of Tuesday’s postponed doubleheaders were already rescheduled as the snowflakes began falling, more make-up dates began to trickle in over the following two days.

Greater Atlanta Christian announced during that its Region 6-AA varsity doubleheader with Wesleyan will now be played Feb. 8 at the Long Forum, with the boys game scheduled to tip-off after the completion of the junior varsity boys game at approximately 2 p.m., followed by the girls game at about 3:30 p.m.

Other rescheduled games announced recently included North Gwinnett at Peachtree Ridge, which will be played Saturday, with the girls at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game, as well as Parkview at Central Gwinnett (Saturday at 6 p.m.) and Collins Hill at Mill Creek (Wednesday at 4 p.m.).

With Gwinnett County schools being out Wednesday, Archer’s initial make-up date for its doubleheader with Berkmar will now move to its alternate date of Saturday, with the girls game set for 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys at approximately 4 p.m.

Several other doubleheaders that had initially been set for Wednesday will have to be rescheduled again.

Milestones on the horizon

A handful of girls players around the county are approaching career milestones as the regular season winds down over the next week and a half.

Heading into Friday’s scheduled game against Parkview, Archer point guard Madison Newby needs just 20 more assists to reach 400 for her career.

With the Georgia State-committed junior guard having scored 1,094 points for her career to date, reaching that milestone will place her in rare company among only a handful of girls players in Gwinnett history to reach 1,000 points and 400 assists for a career.

Among those known to have already reached both milestones are Parkview’s Susan Brandau and Shannon Bradley, Brookwood’s Courtney McLane, Central Gwinnett’s Michelle Conklin and Stephanie Higgs, Norcross’ Alex Stewart and Buford’s Andraya Carter. Wesleyan has four players in the 1,000-400 club — Jenny Hall, Nikki Luckhurst, Anne Marie Armstrong and Carolyn Whitney, while GAC is known to have at least two in Sherill Baker and Chaney Means.

One of Newby’s Archer teammates, Kayla Rogers, is also closing in on a milestone, with the 5-foot-7 senior needing just 53 points over the remainder of the season to reach 1,000 for her career.

Meanwhile, Central’s Alexandra Frazier is also rapidly approaching the 1,000-point career total, with the Black Knights’ 5-8 junior, who is currently Gwinnett’s second-leading girls scorer at 20.1 points per game, needing just 48 points to reach the mark.