Chickasaw boys fall to a pair of Class 4A squads
New Hampton didn’t get a win during the opening week of the 2018-19 season, but in so many ways, the Chickasaws, at least in their coach’s eyes, didn’t come up empty, either.
In fact, Ryan Rausch believes his team is awfully close to being 2-0.
“I saw so many good things the first two games,” Rausch said, “and if we can build on those things, learn from what went wrong, I still think we have the makings of an awfully good basketball team.”
New Hampton couldn’t hold a 16-point second half lead against Mason City on Thursday as the Mohawks used a 34-point fourth quarter to beat the Chickasaws 83-78. Two days later, Cedar Rapids Washington held off the gritty Chickasaws for a 65-58 victory.
“Here’s what I liked about today,” Rausch said. “We competed, we were tough and we didn’t back down. That’s what I want from these guys. We don’t care if the Chicago Bulls get off the bus, we’re going to play them, and we’re going to play hard.
More on the story may be found in the Dec. 4 Tribune.