By BRETT MARSHALL
With Old Man Winter and Mother Nature settling down this week, the Garden City-Holcomb basketball rivalry will finally be renewed tonight at the Holcomb High School gym.
Originally scheduled for Feb. 4, a winter snowstorm forced not one, but two, postponements of the games between the two Finney County schools, dubbed the ArkRiver Rivalry.
Girls action tips off the third year of the two in-county schools at 6:30 p.m. with the boys to follow at approximately 8 o'clock.
In the first two years of the Class 6A (Garden City) vs. Class 3A (Holcomb), the results have lived up to the anticipation.
The Lady Buffaloes have won both games against the Lady Longhorns, but they have been battles to the wire.
In 2011, when the games were played as part of the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic, the Lady Buffs went to overtime before edging the Lady Longhorns, 57-56, at the Perryman Athleic Complex on the Garden City Community College campus. A year ago, the games were moved to the regular portion of the schedule and the games were played at The Garden in the first year the new high school was opened. The Lady Buffs also won that matchup, 67-54, but led by single digits until the fourth quarter.
On the boys side, the teams have split the first two encounters, Garden City winning a low-scoring affair 41-28 at Perryman, and the Longhorns rolling to a 70-59 triumph at The Garden.
Since the original Feb. 4 play date, Holcomb's boys have posted runaway wins over Goodland and Lakin, and were hosting Colby on Friday night. The Longhorns took a 12-3 record into the Friday night Great West Activities Conference game. The Buffs' boys, meanwhile, have played just once, that eight days ago at Guymon, Okla. where they produced a 46-30 win over the Tigers. The boys were 10-5 prior to Friday night's Western Athletic Conference game at Great Bend.
For the Lady Longhorns, they owned a 13-2 record, prior to Friday's game with Colby. They had won their last two outings over Goodland and Lakin after suffering their first GWAC loss to Hugoton on Jan. 31. The Lady Buffs, meanwhile, also had a 10-5 record prior to their Friday game at Great Bend, where they were facing the WAC-leading Lady Panthers in a game that would likely determine the conference champion.
Tonight's doubleheader also will be livestreamed at www.gctelegram.com/live, beginning at 6:30 p.m.