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Viking boys not used to losing

By The Herald Staff | 12/16/2013

Losing is something the Central Heights High School boys basketball team is not used to.

The Vikings started the season 1-3 after Saturday’s 61-42 loss to Spring Hill in the third-place game of the Ike Cearfoss Invitational.

Losing is something the Central Heights High School boys basketball team is not used to.

The Vikings started the season 1-3 after Saturday’s 61-42 loss to Spring Hill in the third-place game of the Ike Cearfoss Invitational.

“You can see the frustration in our kids eyes,” Central Heights coach Rusty Cannady said. “Of course it’s frustrating to lose. But this is what builds character.  

“Can we get tougher?  Can we be smarter?  Will we trust our teammates?  These our the questions that will be answered during this long season.

“They need to realize that they have faced some pretty good competition and will face the same caliber all season long in our league.  We will be the underdog all year.  

“We will have to fight a little harder each game. And I have no doubt about our kids. They will come together and compete like Vikings do.”

Spring Hill made the game up tempo and Central Heights could not keep up.

“Going into the game we knew we were in for a track meet,” Cannady said. “Spring Hill wants to run, run, run. Discipline and patience was going to keep us in the game.  

“We only executed our game plan in the third quarter. The first quarter, wasn’t bad, but we got a lot of breaks from Spring Hill.”

Jordan Horstick paced the Vikings with 21 points.

Central Heights plays today at home against Burlington.

Spring Hill (61) — Heinrich 2, Hodge 16, Bybee 14, Cygan 10, Reynolds 13, Johnson 2, Cluck 4.

Central Heights (42) — C. Brown 4, M. Brown 2, Horstick 21, Pryor 4, Erhart 9, Hendron 2.

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