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If moral victories exist, chalk one up for Cedar Key in spite of a 65-46 home loss against Chiefland on Tuesday.
After an 0-9 start and a winless 2009-10 campaign, the young Sharks could have easily swam far away from the shores of Cedar Key, and into the secluded deep of the Gulf. But thanks to a loyal fanbase and the never-give-up hustle of its players, 1A Cedar Key was able to give the 2A Indians more than it bargained before while achieving a team goal in the process.
"We're keeping the postive juices flowing," said Cedar Key coach Cris Beckham. "The highest point total we've had up to now was 39, so one of our goals was to break 40 and we did it. We played really well against a good team."
Cedar Key was led by Josh Sills season-high 28-point performance. He was forced to shoulder the load after Zach Anderson — one of the team's two seniors — suffered an early ankle injury. The duo have combined for most of the team's points this season, but with Zach Anderson icing on the bench, Bobby Trammell poured in nine points and Tyler Anderson had eight.
Sills was the trigger man all game for Cedar Key and helped the Sharks race out to a 6-0 lead before seeing Chiefland take over in the second quarter thanks to its scrambling full-court press.
"Cedar Key played well," said Chiefland coach Adam Boyd. "They weren't going to back down and (Sills) played very well for them."
Sills' deep three-pointer from the right wing cut Chiefland's lead to 38-30 with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter. That was as close as the Sharks would get until a bucket by Sills at the 3:13 mark of the fourth quarter made it 55-46. However, the Indians would use offensive rebounds and turnovers to score the final 10 points of the game, including six by Bo Beauchamp, to put the game away.
Beckham said keeping spirits high despite the losses has- n't been an issue. "They have great attitudes even though we're not winning," Beckham said. "They keep listening and working hard and that's why they're getting better."