A short-handed South Central High School girls basketball team was defeated by Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday, 88-27.
CHBC returned most of the team that finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament last season and faced a Cougars squad that had only six healthy players.
"The girls played hard and never quit," said coach Gary Kapper. "They played with a lot of heart.
"We have some things to work on, but if they come out and play hard like this every night, we will be competitive."