Meade girls play too many games, forfeit one

January 03, 2012|By Katherine Dunn

Meade’s girls basketball team has had to forfeit its Dec. 10 Anne Arundel County league victory over North County, because the Mustangs played too many games in one week.

The Mustangs played Aberdeen, Chesapeake, Woodlawn and North County in a Tuesday-through-Sunday stretch to start their season, but MPSSAA rules stipulate that teams can play no more than three games in a single week.

First-year coach Reggie Leach said he was not aware of the rule and that the schedule was already set when he took over the team. The Mustangs, who drop to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the league, had to forfeit their last game of that stretch, a 100-29 win over North County.

“It’s my first year and the schedule was already set, so there’s nothing I could do about it,” Leach said. “I had no idea that you could play three games but not four.”

Even though it’s early in the season, the forfeit likely makes Tuesday night’s game at No. 9 South River (7-1, 3-0 county) a must win for the Mustangs if they hope to repeat as county champions and play again for the District V title against the Howard County champion. The Mustangs lost their final game of last season in the regional semifinals to the Seahawks, 47-44, after splitting with them during the regular season.

Leach said the players understand the importance of the game – and every other game from now on. They should, because the Mustangs overcame a forfeit loss to North County last season, for a mistake the previous coach declined to explain, and won the county title by beating the Seahawks in their league meeting.

“The girls are good to go,” Leach said. “They have to play basketball and they have to compete and they have to have fun. They know how all these games are important. They have to play every game like it’s a championship game.”

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