The Craig County boys lost a heartbreaker to Highland County last Friday, dropping a 62-60 decision in a Pioneer District game.
“We played well enough to win,” said Craig coach Ryan Frazier. “We showed great character after the loss on Tuesday.”
The Rockets played at Narrows earlier in the week and got hammered by a strong Green Wave team, 106-38. Frazier was anxious to see how the team responded after that loss and was pleased with the effort the team showed against Highland.
“Narrows jumped on us early and shot the ball great from the field,” said Frazier. “I thought we had a good response at home against Highland.”
Second chance points and Highland free throws hurt the Rockets on Friday night. Zach Peters returned after missing time with an illness and he had 23 points and 10 assists. Matthew Lucas had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
“We played well enough to win and we followed the game plan well and got them to miss their first shots, we just couldn’t keep them off the offensive glass as a team and that cost us the game,” said Frazier.
With the loss Craig fell to 2-8 on the season but the Rockets are 2-3 in Pioneer District games. They were scheduled to play at Bland County last Saturday but that was canceled due to bad weather in Bland.
This week Craig was scheduled to visit Parry McCluer on Tuesday. On Thursday the Rockets have a non-district game at home against Staunton River and on Friday Covington is here. Next Tuesday, January 24, the boys are at Bath County for a big Pioneer District game.
“Our goals are still in reach but we need to focus on finishing the regular season strong and getting the highest seed possible for the tournament to try and make it to regionals,” said Frazier.