Franklin County boys basketball coach Scott Chalk can take some solace in watching his team lose to Montgomery County Friday night.
Chalk looks at the Indians and sees a team that was once young and inexperienced a few seasons ago - relying on sophomores and juniors with little if any prior varsity experience - to a team now standing with a 14-2 record.
And Chalk can't help but think his team may be a carbon copy in years to come - if not next season.
But presently FCHS (1-15) is struggling as its youthful roster continues to adjust at the varsity level after the majority of players were at the freshman or junior varsity level last season.
And that was all apparent in its 60-54 loss to MCHS (14-2).
FCHS couldn't avoid a rough stretch in the second quarter where MCHS went on a run and captured a 28-15 lead that would never be relinquished.
FCHS continued to linger the entire game, but MCHS held the Flyers at bay and FCHS could get no closer than seven points through three quarters of play.
And despite clawing back to narrow the deficit to 57-52 with 47 seconds left in the game, MCHS pulled away using experience and solid free throw shooting.
"They're just really good for one thing," Chalk said. "We've got to keep in mind that they've lost only (two) games. They really know how to win.
"Those guys on that team were in the same situation a few years ago that we're in now. They all played on varsity as sophomores and got beat up and they just learned over a couple of years. They play very confident and composed and are very well-coached."
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