Cards look to bounce back after 2 straight losses


Niki Smithers

Sophomore Paul Scruggs drives to the basket against two Pike defenders. Scruggs along with 5 other teammates fouled out in last Friday’s 4OT loss.

Mark Carlson, Reporter

On Thursday, Jan. 15, the SHS Cardinals were undefeated.  As of Wednesday, Jan. 20 they had lost two in a row.

“This is a team that won 151 straight football games, and the coach said the defining trait of a team is how they act in moments of adversity,” boy’s basketball coach Kyle Simpson said. “That team won 151 straight football games and didn’t lose a game in 12 years, and they lost two straight games.”

On Friday in the county semi finals against Pike, four out of five starters fouled out in the quadruple overtime loss. Then the next Tuesday, SHS lost to Lawrence North by 13 points. In those two games SHS was outscored 154 -128.

These two losses have moved them from the number one team in the state to the number four ranking on MaxPreps. The Cardinals trail North Central, Carmel and Evansville Reitz in the Indiana State rankings.

Sophomore Jamie Burnett believes that to end the skid, they must come together as a team more. He says that they need to also just hit more shots.

“We haven’t been playing as a team, and our defense, we haven’t been getting back on defense,” Burnett said.

The next game they have is against the Terre Haute North Patriots. The Patriots come into the game with a 6-9 record. They currently stand in seventh place in the Conference Indiana.

SHS goes into the game at second place in Conference Indiana. They trail first place Columbus North by the tie breaker of points scored in conference play.

SHS has scored 76 more points in conference play than Terre Haute North. However both teams have conceded 165 points in the three conference games they have played.

According to Burnett, SHS needs to start playing better defence. He says that defence is going to be they key to winning now and in the future. Defence is all about keeping the other team from scoring. Senior Eli Walton expects to keep the best player on the other team neutralized.

“I should pick up my deffense more, by guarding the best player on their team, and leading my team to victory,” Walton said.

The Cardinals play at home at 7:30 in the evening Saturday.