Protecting the ball was a point of emphasis for the Casey County boys basketball team during the preseason, but the Rebels committed 24 turnovers Monday, trailed by 12 points at the half and suffered a 58-38 loss at Anderson County in their season opener.
"Really the biggest difference was Anderson County's defense in the second quarter," Casey coach Perry Walters said. "They turned up the heat and took us out of our offense and we never could catch up."
Corey Dial led Casey with 11 points and Dustun Vest and Keith Price each scored six. The Rebels had 17 rebounds, 13 steals and eight assists in the loss.
The score was tied 9-all after the first quarter, but Anderson built a 34-22 lead at the half.
"Anderson's defense was just tougher than ours tonight," Walters said. "They took us out of what we wanted to do, and they were just the better team tonight."