The Tolar boys saw an early lead disappear as their District 10-2A basketball record slipped to 2-2 with a 66-59 loss Tuesday night at Grandview.
The Rattlers had an open date last night before completing the first half of district play with a road game Tuesday at Keene and one at home against Godley Friday.
Tolar was led offensively against Grandview by Zack Hasegawa with 12 points, and Jacob Phillips with 11.
The Rattlers opened strong in the first quarter, outscoring Grandview 18-13. Turnovers then began to hinder Tolar’s effort to keep the advantage.
“We came out hot in the first quarter and we had a lot of turnovers in the second and third quarters,” Caruthers said. “That gave them the lead.”
The Rattlers found themselves trailing by 11 or 12 points before trimming the deficit to three points late in the contest. But Tolar turned the ball over with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, and couldn’t score again.
Grandview sank 21 of 30 attempts from the free throw line, while Tolar had 18 chances and made nine.
“Grandview’s got a lot of good athletes,” the Tolar coach said. “We made some errant passes and didn’t take care of the ball at times. I couldn’t fault our effort. They played hard. Every one of the kids got after it.”
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Tolar 18 13 12 16 – 59
Grandview 13 18 22 13 – 66
Tolar (11-7, 2-2 in District 10-2A) scoring – Zack Hasegawa 12, Jacob Phillips 11, Ty Johnston 8, Corbin Wood 8, Hunter Ryan 5, T.J. Foster 4, Landon Morris 4, Dakota Endsley 4, Tyler Pruitt 3.
Free throws – Tolar: 9-18, Grandview 21-30.
Tolar 3-pointers – Hasegawa 2, Johnston 2.