Positive COVID-19 tests have resulted in the cancellation of the Friendswood girls basketball playoff game, ending the Lady Mustangs’ season.

“Following UIL and FISD protocols, we reached a level of positive cases in the basketball program that necessitated us to shut it down,” Friendswood ISD athletic director Robert Koopmann said.

The Region III-5A quarterfinal matchup was scheduled to be against Richmond Foster at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shadow Creek High School. It would’ve been the Lady Mustangs’ first third-round playoff game since 2013.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Koopmann said. “The girls want to compete — that’s what we do. The decision certainly wasn’t taken lightly. It’s just the world we’re living in.”

When asked, Koopmann didn’t specify how many members of the Friendswood girls basketball team tested positive for COVID-19 or, just that the number exceeded the aforementioned thresholds stated in the UIL's and school district’s policies. Koopmann also didn't specify what the threshold was.

“There are time frames you can play with, but in the playoffs, you have certification dates, and we just couldn’t get enough girls who were in close contact back in time to meet that deadline,” Koopmann said.

Foster will receive a bye in the regional quarterfinals and automatically advance to the regional semifinals where the Lady Falcons will face either Kingwood Park or College Station.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews.


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