Right now, perhaps the best advice for Watkins Memorial High School boys basketball coach Todd Phillips is to stay clear of people in certain professions, doctors and meteorologists included.

Right now, perhaps the best advice for Watkins Memorial High School boys basketball coach Todd Phillips is to stay clear of people in certain professions, doctors and meteorologists included.

For starters, last Thursday's postponed game against Teays Valley was the sixth time this season a contest will have to be rescheduled. Four, including that one, were postponed because of bad weather. The opening games against Big Walnut and Licking Valley were pushed back after those schools made deep playoff runs in football.

"The abnormal has become the normal," said Phillips, whose team was 1-11 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Capital Division entering last Friday's game at Delaware. "We faced our share of adversity, that's for sure, and a lot of it's coming from within."

Adding to the disruptions in a season that logistically has proven difficult to maintain any sort of rhythm is the loss of leading scorer Josh Thomas, who has become ineligible. The 6-foot-4 senior guard averaged 10.3 points through 10 games and was the only player consistently scoring in double digits.

Junior guard Cory Christman has been sidelined with an abscess on his lower back and sophomore guard Cameron Foutty never has been able to join the mix because of concussion problems. Christman (6.5 points) was the team's second-leading scorer when he left the lineup after eight games.

The result has been an ineffective offense averaging only 43.4 points entering last Friday. The Warriors had made a combined 54 3-pointers through 11 games, and their shooting percentage (34 percent) rivaled that of their success from inside the arc (38 percent).

"We've had a tough time all year being consistent on offense," said Phillips, whose team plays Tuesday at Olentangy Orange and Friday at Mount Vernon. "So we have to defend as hard as we can and hope to score off it. That's the game plan right now."

Nonetheless, Phillips took an optimistic view of a 55-47 loss Jan. 23 to Big Walnut, which six days earlier had won the rescheduled first-round game 65-48. Tyler Arnott, a 6-2 senior wing player, scored 14 points to increase his season average to 6.8, nudging past Corey Weisenstein (6.7) and Clayton Nixon (6.3).

"The second Big Walnut game was our first one without (Thomas) and I thought we held our own," Phillips said. "It was definitely a step in the right direction.

"The kids and I have talked about being a spoiler here in the second half. We'd just like to get to the point before the district-tournament draw (Feb. 8 at Olentangy Liberty) where people don't want to play us."

ALSO -- The girls tournament draw meeting is today at Liberty. If the latest area coaches poll is any indication, Granville in Division II and Newark Catholic and Utica in Division III should receive favorable seeds.

"It's gotten here quickly, especially with the weather being what it's been the past month or so," Redskins coach Michelle Snow said of the draw meeting. "The thing is, some teams have only played 11 or 12 games when normally they might be at 15. "That makes the seeding process even tougher."