The Cowanesque Valley Indians boys basketball team (6-15) lost their final contest of the season against the Canton Warriors (12-10) by a score of 64-39, and come to the end of their season in the midst of a five-game slide.
Canton was able to get out to a quick start, with Ben Knapp scoring 10 first quarter points for the Warriors to give them a 16-10 lead after one quarter of play. McGuire Painter led the charge for the Indians early and scored six points in the first, including a three-pointer that kept his team within two possessions early.
The Indians continued to keep things close heading into halftime with the Warriors only boasting a 28-21 lead heading into the second half.
The Warriors came out strong in the third quarter, and after only scoring 29 points through the first half, exploded for a 19-point third quarter. The scoring burst extended their lead to 47-26 behind another monster quarter for Knapp who poured in eight more points for the Warriors.
Despite a much better offensive attack from the Indians in the fourth, who scored 13 points, the Warriors were able to hold on to move the Cowanesque Valley Indians to 6-15 after a promising start of the season.
The Indians offensive attack was led by Painter, who scored 10 points for the Indians in the efort, including a strong effort in the opening frame to keep his team close in the first half.
Seth Huyler was able to contribute eight points and Owen Fitzwater came up with five points in the loss.
The Indians are currently on a five-game losing streak, and faced a gauntlet of a schedule over the last two weeks, and took on teams a combined 59-46.
The Cowanesque Valley season comes to end against Millville and will look to capture a win in their final contest of the season. The Indians will need to look to their youth moving forward, as they graduate two key pieces in Fitzwater and Huyler who have both been workhorses for the Indians throughout the season.