Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Press hurts Central Heights boys

By The Herald Staff | 12/14/2013

The blink of an eye is all it took Independence to take control of Thursday’s game against Central Heights in the Ike Cearfoss Tournament.

Independence outscored Central Heights 20-4 in the third quarter to top the Vikings, 62-33. Central Heights (1-2) plays 5 p.m. today in the third-place game against Spring Hill.

The blink of an eye is all it took Independence to take control of Thursday’s game against Central Heights in the Ike Cearfoss Tournament.

Independence outscored Central Heights 20-4 in the third quarter to top the Vikings, 62-33. Central Heights (1-2) plays 5 p.m. today in the third-place game against Spring Hill.

“We were good in the first half and in the third quarter we were terrible,” Central Heights coach Rusty Cannady said. “It went from a two possession game to a blow out in a matter of minutes. We let the kids know that this will happen early in the year. We need to learn and move on.”

Independence’s press took Central Heights out of its game.

“Trailing by only two possessions starting the second half we felt pretty good,” Cannady said. “Then like a lot of teams that get pressed, we got anxious. We started to try things that we haven’t practiced and fell into their game. Discipline is the way to beat a pressing team.”

ndependence (62) — Johnson 13, Turner 20, Thorton 9, Hugo 3, Schabel 4, Rinck 4, Bromey 3, Nutt 2, Spencer 4.

Central Heights (33) — Davis 1, C. Brown 3, Holler 2, M. Brown 1, Horstick 20, Pryor 4, Erhart 7, Hendron 1.

West Franklin 57, Oskaloosa 31

WELLSVILLE — The West Franklin boys basketball team won in convincing fashion during the round robin tournament in Wellsville Friday night. The team knocked off Oskaloosa 57-31 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

“We just made sure we came out tough and took care of business,” James Spencer, West Franklin boys head coach, said.

Matt Gray led the charge for the Falcons with 20 points. Will Duda and Tyler Rogers followed with 14, and Clay Altic scored 11.

The win gives the team some momentum going into Tuesday’s game on the road against Council Grove, Spencer said.

“Going into next week, getting a win makes you feel a little better,” he said. “Council Grove is a really good team and well coached. We need to keep them out of the paint, and from getting good shots.”

West Franklin (57) — Gray 20, Duda 14, Rogers 14, Altic 11, Lacey 4, Renfro 2, Worley 2.

Oskaloosa (31) — Sharp 12, Rodriguez 10, Doores 3, Hofstra 2, Whaley 2, Vanhoutan 2.

Valley Falls 63, West Franklin 50

OSKALOOSA — West Franklin came up short Thursday in a 63-50 loss to Valley Falls in Oskaloosa.

“The kids played hard and had to battle through some adversity,” Spencer said. “They showed great character and we just came up short at the end.”

Matt Gray led the Falcons with 20 points. Tyler Rogers had 11.

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