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Basketball teams adjust to COVID 1/18/22

Basketball teams adjust to COVID

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Alma girls basketball coach Codey Mann doesn’t believe the rest of the 2021-22 season will have much of a rhythm to it. There will be more cancellations, he believes. 


The Lady Airedales (7-7, 0-2) are back on the court today when Van Buren visits Charles B. Dyer Arena. Alma hasn’t played since losing to Siloam Springs last week. 


The Lady Pointers (5-9, 0-3) have lost eight of 11 games. 


"It's definitely hard," Mann said. "I really don't think this year is going to be normal. from here on out. The rest of the way, I think we're going to have postponements; I think it's just the nature of the beast right now."


Alma jumped ahead of Siloam Springs last week, 10-0, before falling, 53-36. 


"I feel like we're in a good spot," Mann said. "Siloam's a really good team, but I think we can beat them when we go there. Right now, being so young, it's about getting confidence."


It’s a season of starts and stops for Alma boys coach Dominic Lincoln’s crew, too. 


The Airedales (3-8, 0-1) have played just once since Dec. 30, a 62-30 5A-West loss to Vilonia. 


Alma had both of its conference games with Siloam Springs and Russellville canceled last week because of COVID. The Airedales will play Siloam Springs on Jan. 26 and battle Russellville (along with the Lady Airedales) on Feb. 2. 


"Our season's been like that," Lincoln said. "We had that Texas tournament canceled. We would play a few games and then get a week off. It's really challenging to get a rhythm and to get into a routine.”


Lincoln said one way to overcome COVID cancellations is to make the most of your time in the gym.


“When we have practice, we have to maximize our time together,” he said. “We can only control so much, and when we're here practicing, we can control that."