Nevada Daily Mail
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- The freshman boys traveled Thursday night to Carthage and suffered a 55-25 setback.
"We got into some foul trouble very early and had to make some adjustments," reflected Coach Kyle Talley. "The kids did a good job of playing through it. I was very encouraged by the way we competed."
Derek O'Dell paced Nevada with 12 points, all coming in the second half. Chaden Brandt added six, Cooper Smith had three, and Brett Mitchell and Sam Creasy had two each.
Carthage opened with a 13-8 first-quarter difference.
But the second period made the difference as the visitors managed just two points in the period and Nevada trailed, 27-10, at halftime. With one period left, the gap was 45-18.
Even so, Talley remained upbeat, noting his team was competitive early until the shooting went cold in the second and third quarters.
"This may have been our best game to date combining efforts on both ends of the floor. We had them on the ropes early in the game with our full-court pressure. We were able to turn them over a few times.
"We had some very good offensive possessions as well, but it was just one of those nights where finding the bottom of the net seemed incredibly illusive."
Carthage finished with three players in double figures.