Tuesday night’s marquee matchup between Apalachee High School and Clarke Central High School did not quite live up to its billing.
The Wildcats were hoping to avenge one of its only two losses this season, but the undefeated Gladiators showed they just may be a force in the upcoming state tournament with an impressive 97-74 win.
Clarke Central (15-0, 8-0) controlled the game from the outset racing to a 33-10 lead after the game’s first eight minutes. The Gladiators never trailed and led 58-29.
Despite the lopsided loss, Kamar Baldwin scored 20 points for AHS (13-3, 7-3) and Alantae Billings finished with 19. Kent Knowles added 14 points for the Wildcats while Joey German added eight.
“They are a very good team,” AHS coach Kevin Morris said. “They are very quick. You can’t take anything away from them. When you face a team like that and you allow them to get too many open and easy shots, then it makes the harder attempts become easier because they have gained so much confidence.”
The Wildcat coach said his team needed to move on from Tuesday’s game and not dwell on it.
AHS will look to get back on track Friday when it travels to Gainesville for an 8:30 p.m. region contest.
“You have to learn from a game like this,” Morris said. “We know we have to practice harder and play harder. We know what we have to do moving forward.”