Center Roughriders Gymnasium, Friday, January 11, 2019 -
The Center Roughriders varsity basketball team saw a close District 20 Class 4A game slip away during a 51-42 loss to the visiting Carthage Bulldogs. This game served as both teams conference opener.
Seven points, in the first period, from junior guard Jayden Hicks helped the Roughriders keep pace in the early stages and the two teams ended the first quarter of play tied at 11-11. Hicks finished the game with a game-high 21 points for the night.
Carthage was able to outscore Center 9-7 in the second period and the Bulldogs took a narrow 20-18 advantage into the halftime intermission.
Carthage outscored Center once again in the third period but only by a single point 15-14. The two teams headed to the fourth quarter with Carthage leading 35-32.
Carthage got nine points during the fourth period from senior guard Stephen Darden which helped them extend their final lead to nine points. Kai Horton led the Bulldogs with 15 points for the night.
The Roughriders are coached by Hiram Harrison and are now 6-12 overall. They are at 0-1 in conference action. They will travel to Hudson High School on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 for a 7 p.m. tipoff with the Hornets. The Hornets had a bye for district play on Friday. Their record stands at 14-10 for the season.