That’s what happened to the Connersville Spartans last Saturday when they fell behind host Pendleton Heights and never recovered, losing to the Arabians, 45-35.
CHS (4-1) will try to get back on the winning track tonight when it travels to Aurora to take on South Dearborn (0-5) in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game (7:30 p.m.).
“They’ve got some physical tools and they’ve got some talent. They’re definitely a better team than their record indicates,” said Connersville coach Kerry Brown.
The Knights, who lost to Franklin County, 53-36, last Saturday, have capable scorers in junior guard Hunter Brindley, senior point guard Dakota Gibbs, senior forward Drew Lewis and junior shooting guard Alex Smith.
“We’ve got to guard their shooters and we have to play physical,” Brown said about the Spartans. “Gibbs can penetrate and make things happen and Lewis is very athletic. Our coaches aren’t taking them lightly and I hope our players aren’t.”
Junior forward Grant Smith was the lone Spartan to reach double figures scoring against Pendleton Heights, finishing with 13 points. Senior Tyler Billups and freshman Noah Belt scored 6 apiece.
“We never got into any kind of rhythm up there,” said Brown. “We didn’t execute what we wanted to do, we let them execute a lot of things they wanted to do and we gave them too many open shots.”
Last season, Connersville blasted South Dearborn, 74-35, at Spartan Bowl. A similar result would please Brown.
“It’s a conference game and we need to go down there and take care of business,” he said. “We have to have the right make up and mentality and we have to play hard. I’m sure we will.”
The Spartans won’t have much time to rest. CHS hosts arch-rival Richmond Saturday night at the Bowl.
If you can’t make it to tonight’s game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 — http://kmix1069.com/ — with announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard.
Two area teams recorded wins Tuesday night. The Franklin County Wildcats defeated Ross (Ohio), 49-42, to improve to 5-0, and Lawrenceburg (3-1) turned back Harrison (Ohio), 63-57.
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