Spalding's girls basketball team hustled through pregame warm-ups yesterday, preparing itself for a big game with Catholic League power Seton Keough.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers -- dressed in their uniforms with warm-up music blaring from a huge radio -- the opponentsnever showed up.
"The game was originally scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4 p.m., but we realized in early December that there was a wrestling match scheduled here for the same day," said Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler, whose Cavaliers have a 12-8 record. "Their athletic director saidhe had changed the scheduling, but the (Seton Keough) coach didn't know anything about it."
The game has been rescheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. at Spalding.
Before yesterday's scheduled clash with its Catholic League A Division rival, Spalding had not faced a division opponent since its Jan. 4 victory over Mercy.
"We've been 2-2 in the division for over a month, and a lot of the girls couldn't wait to play Seton Keough today," said Leimkuhler, whose Cavaliers are in third place in the A Division. "We lost to (Seton Keough) the first time, 53-49. We overcame a 12-point halftime deficit and were down by three points with a minute-and-a-half to go in the game."
A victory would have left the Cavaliers in good position to challenge for the league title. Seton Keough and Notre Dame Prep are in first place with identical 3-1 records with St. Mary's (3-2 in the league) and the Cavaliers in close pursuit.
Notre Dame Prep takes on Mercy today, butthe Cavaliers will have to wait until Thursday to face their next division opponent, when they play host to county rival St. Mary's in a 7 p.m. contest.