The White House Heritage Patriots bounced back from Thursday night’s loss to Sycamore with a 60-46 victory over East Robertson Friday night.
East Robertson suffered a 40-point loss to the Patriots on Jan. 19, but Friday night’s game was within reach throughout.
Heritage head coach Carl Miller gave credit to East Robertson and head coach Kurt Caton for their improvement since the previous matchup.
“They’re better,” Miller said. “I think they might be going through a rough time, but you know, I told my team before we ran out, ‘This is not the same team that we played a few weeks ago.’ I think Kurt Caton has done a tremendous job there, and they’ve kind of regrouped. They’ve got some wins under the belt, gave them some confidence.”
“We’re just trying to get better,” Caton said. “Heritage is a really good team. We know we’re gonna face some size disadvantages and stuff, but you know, our guys played with a lot more effort than they did the first time. That’s what we hope for.”
The Patriots suffered their first district loss to Sycamore one day prior to the win. Miller said he was glad to get the win, but he plans on letting his guys rest for a couple days before focusing back in to finish out the season strong.
“I’m not 100% pleased, but I’m pleased we got the win,” Miller said. “A win’s a win, but you know, we still got some things to figure out and work on as we finish down the stretch… We’ve got three games coming up, so we’re gonna take tomorrow and Sunday off to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. We’ll go back to work Monday.”
The Indians defeated White House, Westmoreland and Ezell-Harding in the past two weeks after losing nine in a row. Caton said while his team has seen recent success, they have not hit their ceiling yet.
“I don’t think we’re at our best,” Caton said. “I think we’re getting better. We’re definitely not our best yet. We’re hoping that we can continue to get better as we get closer to the district tournament, so we’ve still got a lot of things to fix, but our guys are playing hard. They’re learning things as they go.”
WH Heritage (60) – Daniel Bale 22, Ben Branlund 8, Caleb Guisewite 8, Moritz Deistler 4, Brandon Rosa 4, Gavin Burnett 2, Taye Francis 2, Timmy Freel 2
East Robertson (46) – Van True 14, Shaun Groves 9, Daniel Iwanowski 9, Carson Searcy 5, Alex Patterson 4, Mason Eidson 3, Jordan Smith 2
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