CENTERBURG — The Heath Bulldogs brought their 8-2 record into Centerburg High School on Tuesday night, and class was in session.
By the second half, the Centerburg Trojans showed that they were apt pupils.
The Bulldogs, who led by as many as 26, held on to win, 59-43. But by the end of the game, the Trojans were giving them all they could handle.
Heath, whose players are bigger and stronger than the Trojans, came out strong to start the game, taking a 14-0 lead, despite a good defensive effort on the part of the Trojans, who only scored sporadically in the first half. It was Drew Osborn who broke the ice for the Trojans when he hit the team’s first bucket of the night with 1:23 left in the first.
“We knew what they were going to be like coming in,” said Centerburg coach Jim Simpson. “We weren’t going to back down from them. I thought, in the first quarter, we made great stops, but we were letting them get second shots. We let them get three or four shots every trip down the floor. They were getting transition buckets. We let them get position and, granted, the ball bounced their way a little bit.”