Schedules adjusted for Warriors, Panthers

In action from last season, West Caldwell’s Lucy Manuel (4) shoots over a Patton defender. The Warriors will host the Panthers Friday in a game originally scheduled for last week but was postponed because of a quarantine.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the impact is being felt on the basketball court just as the season is getting started.

The scheduling issues created by quarantines was one of the major concerns of all the county’s coaches as sports resumed in November. With only two automatic playoff berths available in the Northwest Foothills Conference and only one in the Northwestern 4A portion of the split league and no non-conference games, playing as many contests as possible is paramount.

Several teams in the surrounding area have had positive tests that have forced postponements, and Hibriten’s boys are under quarantine. West Caldwell’s girls were quarantined, but they’re about to return to the court. Both squads have had their early schedules upended because of the issue.

The Warriors will play their first full slate of games Thursday, hosting Bunker Hill. West Caldwell’s girls were forced to shuffle their schedule around, and their Jan. 6 game at Fred T. Foard has been pushed to Jan. 22. Their home game against Patton, originally set for Jan. 7 will be played Friday. West Caldwell’s Jan. 12 game against Draughn will now be played on Jan. 29, and the varsity boys’ home game against West Iredell, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, will now be played on Feb. 12.

In Tuesday’s action, Hibriten’s girls defeated West Iredell 54-52 to improve to 1-1 on the season. They are scheduled to host Patton at 6 p.m., Thursday.

Panthers athletics director Derek Reeves said he will send out an updated schedule with the makeup dates for the Hibriten boys as soon as possible. Friday’s contest with East Burke will begin with the JV girls at 4:30 p.m. and wrapping up with the varsity girls. The boys’ contest will be made up at a later date.