Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes.
Western Hills made too many of them in a 63-47 loss to Anderson County Friday night at Cardwell Lapsley Gymnasium.
“We don’t help ourselves. We don’t make a mistake then recover - we compound our mistakes,” WHHS coach Geoff Cody said. “We’ll make four mistakes in a row and ... the other team usually scores all four of those.”
Those mental errors and lackadaisical plays have been a problem all season for the Wolverines (2-16), who have lost four straight. But Cody knows they can be fixed.
“Everything we do is correctable. Every mistake we make is easily avoidable,” Cody said.
Friday night, the Bearcats (7-6) took advantage of those mistakes to pull away and snap a four-game slide. After taking a 32-26 lead at halftime, senior Luke Mann opened the second half with an easy bucket to push the margin to eight and it never got any slimmer.
The Wolverines got the deficit to eight again twice after that, the second time at 38-30 with six minutes to go in the third quarter. But the Bearcats responded with an 11-3 run to take a 49-33 lead with three minutes left in the quarter and went into the fourth quarter up 12.
A 3-pointer by sophomore Patrick Foley made it a nine-point game 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. But senior Ross Cox converted a turnover into a one-handed slam, sparking a 10-2 run that gave ACHS its largest lead at 61-42 with less than three minutes to go.
“We were ready for them. They didn’t anything tonight that we hadn’t seen all year; we knew what they were going to do,” Cody said. “We just have to quit compounding mistakes. We put ourselves in too tough of a position to try and win and dig out of a hole.”
Three players scored at least 14 points for the Bearcats - Mann (18 points and seven rebounds), junior Austin Cummins (15 points) and senior Christian Estes (14 points). Cox chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.
Sophomore Keaton Anderson had 17 points, five rebounds and five steals for the Wolverines. Senior Kyle Fisher finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
“I thought he played real well,” Cody said of Anderson. “I’m hard on him and the reason is he’s got such a huge upside and he’s going to be a heck of a basketball player by the time he graduates.”
WHHS was at Lexington Catholic Saturday night and will host Trimble County Monday at 7:30 p.m. in its last home game until the regular-season finale on Feb. 21.
ANDERSON CO. (63) — Austin Cummins 15, Zach Freeman 2, Tyler Harrod 2, Ross Cox 8, Christian Estes 14, Luke Mann 18, Darius Harvey 4.
WESTERN HILLS (47) — Patrick Foley 7, Macauley Hurst 4, Chase Mahoney 6, Korey Waller 3, Keaton Anderson 17, Kyle Fisher 10.