Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vikings nip WF in defensive battle

By The Herald Staff | 1/23/2013

Central Heights and West Franklin boys played a defensive battle Tuesday at Central Heights.

The Vikings played a couple more offensive plays to sneak out a 40-36 victory over the Falcons.

Central Heights and West Franklin boys played a defensive battle Tuesday at Central Heights.

The Vikings played a couple more offensive plays to sneak out a 40-36 victory over the Falcons.

“A very hard fought game defensively for both teams,” Central Heights coach Rusty Cannady said. “Not a lot of offense, but none the less, it was a pretty entertaining game.”

Cannady said the Vikings were looking to improve defensively.

“Going into the game our main goal was to play better team defense and to try to shut down Brady Geist,” Cannady said. “Brady is probably one of the better players in our area. He can flat out score.

“Tristan Davis will not show up in the stat sheet very much, but defensively he did as good as job on Brady as I have seen in a long time. Tristan held him scoreless in the first half.”

The coach said the whole team picked up the defensive intensity.

“As a team, we were alert and more aggressive than our last few games,” Cannady said. “We communicated as a team and looked out for one another. Tyler Hendron and Zach McAfee played one of their better games of the year.  

“We were battling foul trouble and Tyler and Zach stepped it up and gave us quality minutes that we needed. West Franklin is a good team. Coach [James] Spencer does a great job and he has really turned that program around into a success. We have a lot of respect for them. It’s a good rivalry.”

Jordan Horstick led the Vikings with 14 points. Matt Gray netted 14 points for the Falcons.

Central Heights plays Friday at Jayhawk-Linn, while the Falcons play Tuesday at home against Hartford.

Central Heights (40) — Davis 3, McAfee 4, Burkdoll 7, Beckwith 4, Horstick 14, Erhart 2, Hendron 6.

West Franklin (36) — Reed 8, Duda 1, Geist 7, Gray 14, Walters 6.

AC 72, METRO 43

GARNETT — Anderson County senior Eric Tastove fired in 30 points Monday to lead the Bulldogs to a 72-43 win over Metro Academy.

The Bulldogs were coming off a third-place finish in the Baldwin Invitational. Spencer Walter had 15 points.

Anderson County plays Friday at Wellsville.

Metro (43) — Goertz 15, Knight 8, Price 3, George 12, Hill 3, Whitmer 2.

Anderson County (72) — Dial 2, Lickteig 7, Hilliard 5, Woodard 3, Rickabaugh 4, Tastove 30, Walter 15, Comfort 6.

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