Even though there was more bad weather approaching, coach Michelle Snow didn't have any problems with the Utica High School girls basketball team playing last Tuesday's game at Licking Valley.

Even though there was more bad weather approaching, coach Michelle Snow didn't have any problems with the Utica High School girls basketball team playing last Tuesday's game at Licking Valley.

The Redskins might have been champing at the bit a little after 67-43 loss three days earlier at Loudonville, where they suffered their worst loss under Snow since falling to Heath 49-21 on Dec. 6, 2004 in her first season. Avoiding any further backlog of games also has become paramount given all the bad weather.

"We were on a two-hour delay (last Tuesday) and (athletics director Tom) Holman said we could play," Snow said. "Our transportation department has the final say, obviously, but we wanted to get out and play, definitely."

Snow and the Redskins, who were 12-3 overall and 9-2 in the MBC after beating Centerburg 55-44 last Thursday, are hoping for some semblance of a normal routine from here on out. They played only twice from Dec. 19-Jan. 16 because of the holiday break and a pair of weather-related postponed games before later enduring a stretch of three games in four days, with the loss Jan. 24 at Loudonville wrapping it up.

"That killed us," Snow said. "You're just finding a rhythm usually when you go to the break in the first place, but then to come back and have everything disrupted all over again is tough. We had to reschedule a couple of games and by the end of those four days we were just worn out."

Still, the Redskins remain in the hunt for their third MBC championship in four seasons. They also played last Saturday at Northridge, and the final league games are Saturday at home against Danville and Feb. 12 at Fredericktown. Loudonville had only one league loss after toppling Fredericktown 53-30 last Thursday, however, with the Redskins posting a 44-41 victory on Dec. 11.

If the Redskins do manage at least to share the title, an improved inside game should be credited.

A lineup thick with guards in recent seasons, including 2006-07 ThisWeek Player of the Year Sierra Fletcher, now is anchored by post players Tricia Harvey (11.7 points per game) and Tamra Londot (10.5). Harvey scored 19 points in the win over Licking Valley, but the team also converted a season-best six of eight attempts from 3-point range. Abbie Corbett had four of those to finish with 17 points, increasing her season scoring average to 11.1.

"I don't think our 3-point shooting has been lacking, really, it's just that the girls are making the right decisions and pushing the ball inside more," Snow said. "We have better balance, that's all."