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Warriors lose to Gallatin, Generals

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By Greg Woods

 sports@hclocal.com

The Eminence Warriors young basketball team traveled to Warsaw Jan. 2 to take on 31st District favorite Gallatin County and came away with a 72-22 loss.

Gallatin County wasted no time getting on top as they led 32-4 after the first period. Gallatin County’s junior point guard, Jarin Rassman, poured in 8 of his game-high 14 points in the period.

Gallatin County outscored the Warriors 18-8 in the second period to lead 50-12 at halftime.

Gallatin County played plenty of reserves in the second half and cruised to the 50-point win.

Brice Sipes and Marshall Metten scored 6 points each to lead the Warriors. Caleb Mathis added 5 points while Carter Stivers scored 3 and Hunter Gibson tallied 2 points.

The Warriors were playing short-handed as a couple of players are still battling injuries.

“Our youth and inexperience showed,” EHS Coach Patrick Jackson said. “We are still dealing with an injury to a very good player. With a majority of eighth and ninth-graders playing varsity, it will take time for them to get used to the speed of the game. This is a great opportunity to develop for the future. Right now, we are still trying to find an identity as a team.”

The Warriors fell to 1-10 overall and 0-3 in district play. Gallatin County improved to 10-3 overall and 4-0 in district play.

Thomas Nelson 79 EHS 23

The undermanned and inexperienced Warriors hosted Thomas Nelson Saturday and were even more short-handed than usual with three players out due to illness and Josh Dotson still recovering from an injured ankle.

The Warriors started two eighth-graders and a freshman and had one eighth-grader as their only substitute.

With all that said, the Warriors started well and after Metten hit a 3-pointer with 3:57 left in the first period were tied at seven with the Generals.

But Thomas Nelson’s full court pressure began to take a toll after that and the Generals went on to lead 17-8 by the end of the first period.

The Generals kept up the pressure in the second period and outscored the Warriors 31-6 to effectively put the game away.

“The lack of depth definitely hurt us,” Jackson said. “With two eighth-graders and a freshman starting it kind of took a toll. They will become better as the season goes on. I was pleased with the fight the team showed during this game. We still need to work on toughness and togetherness.”

Metten led the Warriors with 9 points, Mathis and Josh Ruzanka scored 5 points each and Elijah League tallied 4 points.

“Metten led us in scoring and I was pleased with Dawson Paulin, a freshman who is playing organized basketball for the first time. He played very tough.”

The Warriors fell to 1-11 with the loss while the Generals improved to 9-6.

Jackson said there are intangibles that he is trying to teach the team that aren’t reflected in the score or by X’s and O’s.

“We are going to work hard on playing hard no matter what and getting better individually and collectively,” Jackson said. “In life it is important to remember that is what defines you. I teach my players that you should never be defined by wins or losses or even basketball in general. We should be defined by something greater.”