The Kingman Academy girls basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the 3A Charter Athletic Association State playoffs Thursday without having to take the court.
The Lady Tigers (18-0) hold the No. 1 seed in the CAA playoffs and were scheduled to host Phoenix South Ridge either Tuesday or Wednesday night. However, the South Ridge athletic director contacted KAHS Athletic Director Shawn Byrne and said they decided to forfeit the game after some players quit the team. South Ridge didn't want to travel to Kingman with just six players.
"I'm sure they are (disappointed) and I'm disappointed for them," Byrne said of the Lady Tigers not being able to play a state playoff home game.
With the forfeit, the Lady Tigers will play the winner of the Precision/West Phoenix game at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in Phoenix. If KAHS wins the game, they will play in the finals at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The other bit of bad news for KAHS with the forfeit is the fact it will be nearly two weeks between games.
"We were hoping the momentum would carry us over to the semifinal game," KAHS coach Dave Scroggins said. "I kind of wanted that game with the clock, the quarters and the refs, but it is what it is. It's the CAA and I don't know what to do about it."
To compensate for the loss of the game, Scroggins said he might simulate a game and set the clock and get the uniforms out.
While the amount of practice won't make up for the loss of a game and a lost opportunity for the seniors to play in front of the home fans one last time, it's a disappointment they will live with.
"The girls are disappointed. I was kind of disappointed but in the back of my mind I kind of expected it," Scroggins said. "Every time they do this, very few teams actually come up and play us in that quarterfinal matchup."