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Millwood High School pulls basketball team off court amid COVID 'super-spreader' at Community Christian

Millwood High School pulled its basketball teams Friday from games at Community Christian because of health and safety concerns.

The decision was made at halftime of the girls basketball game. 

Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Millwood Public Schools' superintendent, posted on Facebook about Millwood's decision to pull its basketball teams. Along with the post are pictures of a mostly maskless fan section. 

"Millwood Public Schools made the decision to put kids and families first and pulled our kids off the court and went home," the post stated. "We will NOT subject our kids and families to a super-spreader event just to compete." 

Millwood's decision comes on a day Oklahoma reported 3,538 new COVID-19 cases. The Health Department reported 43 additional deaths Friday, too. Late Thursday, the state reported 1,847 COVID-19 patients in Oklahoma hospitals, including 470 in intensive care. 

Community Christian athletic director Mat McIntosh said he didn't expect Millwood to pull its teams. He said Community Christian has been trying to move forward with as normal operations as possible while having certain COVID-19 policies in place. 

McIntosh said this is the first time another school has pulled its teams this school year from Community Christian home events. He said the gym was under 50% capacity Friday.

"It was a surprise to us when it happened," McIntosh said. 

The boys game was set to be a matchup between Class 3A top-ranked Millwood and No. 4 Community Christian. 

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association doesn't mandate mask usage or crowd size during regular-season contests. It leaves all of those decisions up to the individual schools.

Millwood is set to host Heritage Hall on Saturday. 

Reporter Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at cjourdan@oklahoman.com or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at oklahoman.com/subscribe or by using the link at the top of this page.

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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