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No school, no basketball games

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There's a scoreboard, but no score. There are bleachers, but no fans. There's a team but no competition. When weather causes school cancellations, it puts a halt to high school basketball games.

"A few years ago we lost several games because of the snow, and we're hoping we don't lose any more games," said PikeView head coach Karen Miller.

Her basketball team is one of many teams that had games canceled this week. Some will be able to be made up, others will be lost. It all depends on scheduling, coaches and of course, mother nature.

"Both coaches will have to get together and find a date and hopefully that can happen."

As far as practices go, the Panthers were able to get some in. But for players, it's not a sufficient replacement for game experience.

"We've only had to have two practices this week because the snow's been awful and the practices we have had, we haven't had everybody here so it's kind of affecting our team not having everyone here. So, we know what we are doing and not playing our games obviously," said senior Alexis May.

There is an upside for having a slow week, getting the girls healthy.

Miller explained, "we've had some kids sick, so this week has helped some of our kids get well."

While more upcoming match ups have already been called off, the waiting game is still on.