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State Tournament Games Suspended Indefinitely
By West Kentucky Star Staff
LEXINGTON - The girls and boys state basketball tournaments are on hold. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association released the following statement this afternoon:

Based on additional information and guidance from both the Kentucky Department of Education and the Governor’s office in the last hour, at this time, the girls’ state tournament is postponed indefinitely effective with the conclusion of game five. Next week’s boys’ basketball tournament is also postponed indefinitely. The Association will try and seek options for rescheduling later in the spring if at all possible, but not until after we have received collaborative approval from our Governor’s office, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education.

As has been stated for the last two weeks, the situation with the COVID-19 or Coronavirus is extremely fluid. As announced earlier today, our intention was to attempt to complete this first tournament with restrictions, however, this does not appear to be a wise option at this time and is not in the best interest of the student-athletes and the thousands of individuals who attend these events. The KHSAA has to make the health and welfare of the citizens of our great Commonwealth the primary factor in our decision-making process in dealing with this issue.

We are hopeful that with all of the collaborative efforts of the citizens of our Commonwealth, we see this situation subside very quickly, and we have to be leaders in that journey. We also encourage all Kentucky citizens to pay close attention to the CDC and Kentucky health information at kycovid19.ky.gov and strictly adhere to those CDC guidelines, which are always subject to revision as we learn more about the virus.

Announcements will be coming later today regarding refund options for tickets that were purchased as well as other logistics and information for fans. 

Marshall County's girls were scheduled to play Henderson County Thursday afternoon, but the announcement came prior to tip-off. McCracken County's boys are scheduled to play next week.


Published 12:42 PM, Thursday Mar. 12, 2020
Updated 06:47 PM, Sunday Mar. 22, 2020

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