COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The game between the Hattiesburg High and Columbia High girls basketball teams scheduled for 6:00 pm on Saturday evening was canceled. The tigers made the trip from the Hattiesburg to Columbia and took to the court for pre-game warm-ups, but afterward, were informed of the cancellation and made their way back to the locker room.
Representatives from the Mississippi High School Activities Association met with officials and coaches from both teams prior to the start of the game, and later emerged from a coach's office with the decision.
The cancellation may not come as a surprise to some. For the past few weeks, Hattiesburg High School and the MSHAA have quarreled over the eligibility of Hattiesburg star transfer guard Tiaria Griffin.
The MSHAA deemed Griffin ineligible before the start of the season, and after seeing her play in her team's first game, warned Hattiesburg High that should she continue to play, the girls team would be suspended for the remainder of the season.
The association placed the Hattiesburg High girls basketball team on probation after Griffin played in the first game of the season. A lawsuit is currently in place against the MSHAA.
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