Defense key for Patriots in win

Adams Central's Josie Bumgardner tries
to pass around the defense of Sandy
Creek's Taylor Hinrichs Tuesday night in

Adams Central likes defense.

It’s what the football team is built on. It’s now what the boys basketball team is building on.

That was evident after the preseason Class C-1 No. 5 Patriots limited Sandy Creek to just 14 points in each half to post a 48-28 win Tuesday night at Patriot Gym.

In their game against Wood River on Saturday, the Patriots limited the Eagles to 19 total points, including just two points in the first, second and fourth quarters. After another solid performance against the Cougars (3-2), Adams Central (5-0) is now allowing just 32.2 points per game — which is eight fewer than the team goal of 40 given up per game.

“Sandy Creek is a very good team, and they’ve got a tremendous player in (senior) Mitch Hinrichs, who’s one of the best in our area. I just thought our pressure hurt them, and it disrupts what people want to do,” AC head coach Zac Foster said. “We keep saying that our calling card is going to be on the defensive end. We need to keep getting better and better. Holding a team like Sandy Creek to 28 points is tremendous. I’m proud of our kids for executing the game plan.”

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