It was evident early in the Twin Valley Conference semifinal game that the Red Cloud boys basketball team had its work cut out for it against second-seeded Shelton.
Not more than a minute after the opening tip, the Warriors lost starting sophomore Wyatt Bell to an injury. Even after being put in a 12-0 hole to start the game, Red Cloud was not about to fold.
The Warriors competed throughout the game, eventually making it a two-possession game. But Red Cloud ran out of time, falling to the Bulldogs 53-43 at Adams Central. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Warriors.
"I thought we battled. We lost one of our starters right out of the gate with a sprained ankle and got into some foul trouble, but we battled hard," said Red Cloud head coach Jim Eberly, whose team fell to 7-9. "We talked about doing the little things. That's huge.
"If we take care of the little things, we get more fundamentally sound, we have a chance of being a good basketball team. Can't fault the effort. The effort's there. But we've got to do a better job of understanding situations in games, taking care of the basketball better and understanding how important each possession is."