QUINCY -- When Erika Eaton slipped along the sideline across from the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team's bench, it annoyed Raiders coach Eric Orne.
Not only was Eaton called for a traveling violation, but it was another instance in which either a QND or Quincy High School player slipped in the same area Monday night. With snow on the ground outside the QHS gym, and a tight space between the bleachers and the sideline, salt was tracked in from fans as they made their way to their seats.
It made for a slippery west end of the court, and it could have been dangerous.
"It's an unfortunate situation with the weather we're having," Orne said. "Everyone here at Quincy High did the best they could to make it playable. That's our offensive side. We sent a 3-point shot for Erika and her feet slipped up from underneath her.
"It's just part of it that this time of year. Everyone did what they could to make it better."
Several people like QHS athletic director Scott Douglas, referees and custodians used towels to try and clean off the area. Eaton's slip happened with 4 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter, and there weren't any problems after the 7-minute delay to clean it up.
QHS coach Martin Pazanin reminded his team to stay focused during the stoppage.
"It was out of our control," Pazanin said. "We had to play a half over there, they had to play a half over there.
"I just reminded them we're in an intense game and it would have been easy to relax."