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High school basketball: Power outage during opening tipoff spoils Syracuse at Riverton

Riverton’s Zariah Jenkins, center, and Anna Ross, right, shoot around under emergency lighting after power went out right at the start of the girls basketball game between Riverton and Syracuse at Riverton High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
Riverton’s Zariah Jenkins, center, and Anna Ross, right, shoot around under emergency lighting after power went out right at the start of the girls basketball game between Riverton and Syracuse at Riverton High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

COVID-19 cancellations are expected to be fairly common during the 2020-2021 basketball season, as they already have been for numerous programs around the state.

The Syracuse at Riverton girls basketball cancellation Tuesday falls under a different, more bizarre category: power outage.

During the opening tipoff of the intriguing matchup between quality 6A teams, the power went out and the gym went completely black for three seconds before some emergency lights kicked on. It turns out a nearby transformer blew out, and after an hour of waiting to see if Rocky Mountain Power could fix the problem quickly, the game was canceled.

“We were both coming into this game looking for a measuring stick,” said Riverton coach Jodi Lee, whose team sits at 3-1 while Syracuse is 3-0.

The teams will try and reschedule the game if possible for later in the season.

“For us we have three games left on the schedule this week, we’re playing a tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so assuming we all stay healthy, we have a lot to look forward to this week,” said Lee.