Thirty years in coaching hadn’t prepared Vermilion Catholic girls basketball coach Kim Guidry for this week’s events.
That’s because in a highly successful tenure at the Abbeville-based school Guidry, who has won a pair of Class 1A state titles, has never had to endure the postponement of a scheduled state playoff game.
“I told the LHSAA this has never happened,” Guidry said. “We’ve never not been able to play on a day we were supposed to play. I’m worried because we keep pushing it back and the state tournament’s next week. They said they’re making decisions school by school, game by game.”
Vermilion Catholic (22-4) looked forward to the benefits of being the state’s No. 2 seeded team, taking a 52-36 first-round victory over No. 31 Logansport last Thursday.
Instead of being able to continue to enjoy the comforts of home the Eagles had adjusted their second-round regional sites to Plain Dealing after the No. 18 seed pinned a 52-31 upset of No. 15 Ouachita Christian.
Initially the game was scheduled for Monday with VC set to make the four-hour, 260-mile drive to Plain Dealing — located north of Shreveport in Bossier Parish — until a wintry mix of ice and eventually snow closed schools in that area.
The Shreveport area was hit by three inches of snow Wednesday but schools in the Caddo and Bossier Parish region are scheduled to open Thursday, which in turn means Vermilion Catholic will finally face Plain Dealing at 5 p.m. Thursday
“We tried to play this game since Monday,” Guidry said. “The kids are anxious and want to play. I’m more afraid that the snow would be a distraction more than our mission for going to the game. Our kids don’t see snow often, and you would have to keep them focused on why we’re there. I think we’ll be ready. They want to play.”
Two other Acadiana area Class 4A teams — Rayne and Breaux Bridge — are waiting on regional games Thursday to be completed in order to learn their opponents for the quarterfinal round, which could to take place Saturday.
No. 7 Rayne (25-6) awaits the Loyola Prep-Salmen winner, while No. 11 Breaux Bridge (28-3) takes on the winner of the Edna Karr-Huntington game.
In a light moment Wednesday, Guidry said she received a photo of a snow-covered car from Plain Dealing coach Sheila Dupree.
Light snow flurries were forecast again in the Shreveport area Wednesday night, with clearing Thursday, when temperatures are expected to drop to 20 degrees in the evening.
The Eagles, who were out of school and didn’t practice Tuesday, returned to school Wednesday and worked out later that evening.
VC’s scheduled to depart school by charter bus at 9:30 a.m., stop for lunch in Alexandria and arrive at Plain Dealing High around 2:30 p.m. A victory would secure the Eagles a home quarterfinal against No. 7 St. Mary’s of Natchitoches.
“They’re saying parts of I-49 aren’t drivable,” Guidry said.
“Even if we can get to Shreveport, I don’t know if we can get to Plain Dealing. You’ve still got 15 to 20 miles on a country road, in the snow or ice. You have to have your kids focused on the game, not the weather and just go play. That’s what we’re going to do.”