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Winter weather's impact on tournament basketball

IMBODEN, AR (KAIT)- Sloan-Hendrix began hosting the 2A North Regional Basketball Tournament on Wednesday but they've had to make some last minute changes to accommodate with the expected winter storm.

 "What we have done today is work with the Arkansas Activities Association to start our games at 2pm today instead at normally starting at four," said Superintendent Mitch Walton.

They are hoping that tonight's teams can make it back safely in case of icy roads.

 "Since one of the teams has to travel farther west, we thought this would allow them enough time to get home before the bad weather would come in," Walton said.

With the winter storm coming in, it could affect tomorrow's games as well. At this point the decision to move forward with tomorrow's games could be up in the air.

"The Arkansas Activity Association has told me to make the call if we have to cancel for some reason because of weather." said Walton.

Walton said that they are playing it by ear as far as what they will do regarding school closing and holding off on the tournament.

"Folks here in Lawrence County have been real good to work with us to make sure we have the information to make some adequate decisions in case of dismissal from school or incase an activity like this needing to be canceled," Walton said.

However, if school is canceled, there is still a change the tournament may still go on.

"If the roads are clear we'll probably go and have the tournament tomorrow night," Walton said.

Just in case, they have made preparations for the following days to continue with all the games.

"The games on Wednesday night and on Thursday night are more play in games to the semi finals. If for some reason we cannot play tomorrow night, then those games will be moved to Friday night. Friday night semi finals will be played on Saturday and the finals and consolation games will be played on Monday evening," Walton said.

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