Wallace had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and is expected back in late December. Rodgers hurt his ankle in practice Thursday, but Carson said he could be back as early as Tuesday’s game at Miamisburg.
Beavercreek (0-2, 0-1) held several leads and led 30-28 at halftime. However, the Beavers scored their last field goal on a Jon Alessandro layup with 5:41 left. Alessandro, who scored 15 points, made four free throws late for the last of the Beavers’ points. The Beavers were also missing a key scorer in injured senior guard Evan Saylor.
“They picked up their pressure a little bit and their length gave us fits,” Beavers coach Mark Hess said. “I thought we looked a little passive and unsure at times. We just had some mental turnovers.”
Beavercreek won a thriller at home against Springfield at this time last year. This loss was tough, but Hess expects his team to improve.
“I really like our group,” he said. “We’ve got a strong senior group and some guys with some experience. You never want to be where you’re at your best in December. We’re still trying to fit some pieces together.”
While Springfield was missing key pieces in the backcourt, they still had senior Leonard Taylor, who has been starting games since his freshman year. He scored 17 points and made a key steal late in the game on the back end of the press.
“He played like a senior tonight,” Carson said. “He brought the energy, he fought hard down there. We don’t get this win without him playing like a senior.”
Taylor was just as happy as Carson to see the young guards help the team win. But he’s looking forward to a full roster soon.
“When Jay and Mike come back we’ll get healthy, we’ll get running, we’ll get going,” Taylor said. “And you’ll see the results.”