Miami hopes to shake off the rust Tuesday night when it hosts Grove in Verdigris Valley Conference basketball games at the Miami Activity Center.
But Mother Nature may have a big say in those plans.
Sunday’s new snowfall forced most schools in the area to scrap plans to resume classes today.
Both Miami and Grove have today scheduled as professional days with classwork resuming on Tuesday.
“We had some pretty good practices,” Miami boys’ coach Rusty Mercer said. The Wardogs resumed practice last Monday.
“It would have been nice to not have a break, but it is what it is,” Mercer said. “We hope to have the batteries recharged for the three straight home games coming up. We’d like to get that first win in there (the MAC).”
The Wardogs, idle since a 61-59 loss at Wagoner on Dec. 18, dropped a 67-56 decision to Vinita in their only home game thus far.
After battling Grove, Miami (2-4) hosts Jay on Friday and Pryor next Tuesday in conference play.
“This is a critical point for us,” Mercer said. “I do think we made progress that last week (before the break) as opposed to the previous week (when Miami went 1-2 in the Sperry tournament). But we got beat by two really good teams (No. 8 Vinita and No. 20 Wagoner).
“The fruits of labor weren’t quite evident, but hopefully we can sustain some momentum that I thought we gained that last week.”
The Ridgerunners are 3-3, winning their first three before dropping three straight — including a 62-48 decision to 18th-ranked Locust Grove on Dec. 18.
They returned three starters from a team that went 10-17 and reached the 4A area tournament.
“This will be a big challenge,” Mercer said. “They have a huge presence inside with the Hilton kid. They have a couple good slashers and a couple good shooters to put around him. And they can bring another good shooter off the bench.”
Chase Hilton, a 6-9 junior, averaged 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a year ago.
He missed the first of three meetings with Miami last season with an ankle injury.
The teams played twice in the regular season and also battled in the Northeastern A&M High School Basketball Tournament.
“He didn’t get big minutes last year, but with graduation and his improvement, he’s been playing quite a bit.”
Also back are 6-1 junior Buck Maples and 6-0 junior Trent Phillips.
Miami’s girls are 1-5 following a 42-28 loss to Wagoner.
Their win was a 57-30 victory over Barnsdall in the Sperry tournament but the two losses at Sperry were each by one point — 40-39 to Berryhill and 39-38 to Tulsa Holland Hall.