The Fayetteville Seventy-First girls basketball team lost a game Wednesday night. And for a while it looked like they’d also lost their bus.
The team had walked out of the Millbrook High gym following a 72-52 loss in the second-round of the state playoffs and found their activity bus was gone.
“Everyone thought their bus had been stolen,” said Scott McInnes, the Millbrook athletic director who was coaching his boys basketball team while the mystery unfolded.
Clarence Inscore, the Millbrook football coach, arranged for a Millbrook bus to carry the Seventy-First team home, then figured out what had happened.
“After Seventy-First borrowed a bus to go home, Clarence cracked the case,” McInnes said.
There was nothing nefarious going on.
The Millbrook girls soccer team had left for a game at Panther Creek soon after Seventy-First arrived.
The team mistakenly boarded the Seventy-First bus, which was parked near their own. Their coach, Matt Edwards, started the bus with the key to the Millbrook bus and drove off to his team’s season opener.
“The buses used the same key,” McInnes said. “Matt feels awful about it, but everyone can understand how it happened.”
The Seventy-First boys basketball team plays at Millbrook in the sectional finals Friday night, but McInnes doesn’t expect a repeat of the bus caper.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” he said.