AURORA — The Class C-1 defending state champion Sandy Creek girls basketball team went into the first game of the C1-6 Subdistrict tournament looking to get back on track after losing three of its last four games. The top-seeded Cougars took on an Adams Central team that had lost four of its last five.
But the Patriots weren't going to be just another stepping stone. They made Sandy Creek earn its win.
The Cougars overcame a late fourth-quarter deficit to escape with a 47-44 win over Adams Central Tuesday. Sandy Creek head coach Russ Ninemire said his team played sloppy, but competed when it needed to.
"All night long, we didn't play very well. We didn't execute when we needed to. We had a lot of turnovers, missed shots and bad passes," Ninemire said. "Finally in the fourth quarter, we got a couple shots that went. ... At the end, we really challenged the kids to get out into the passing lanes, and they finally did what they were supposed to be doing the whole game.
"Give Adams Central a tremendous amount of credit. They played with a lot of determination and a lot of heart."