Viera girls find positives after loss to Heritage


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Viera High's Morgan Mordas (right) scored 19 points in Tuesday's loss to Heritage.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Among the things new Viera High girls basketball coach Josh Carmer is trying to instill in his players is a desire to compete hard from start to finish, no matter what the scoreboard says.

That’s just what the Hawks did Tuesday night during a 65-35 home loss to Heritage.

“Of course, we always have room to improve, but … we never gave up,” Carmer said.

Morgan Mordas scored 19 points to lead the Hawks (4-2). Tatiana Stephens had four points. Jaeda Stewart and Melisa Sencer both had three. Casi Ramirez, Tricia Carmer and Skyla McNair each had two.

The Hawks have gotten off to a strong start under Carmer, beating Westwood, Edgewood, Titusville and Sebastian River in the early season. Their only loss prior to Tuesday night was against Rockledge.

Heritage, however, represented a quite a challenge. The Panthers (4-0) had a height and athleticism advantage to eventually pull away from Viera.

Though they didn’t shoot well in the first quarter, the Hawks were only down 18-12 after the first eight minutes. However, the Panthers were able to get their game going and outscored Viera 22-6 in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-18 halftime lead.

Despite trailing throughout the rest of the game, the Hawks kept playing hard throughout the contest, which was a good sign for a team that started to show signs last season that things might be turning around in Viera.

“It’s the hardest competition we’ve played against,” Carmer said. “We’re always striving to compete as hard as we can against each other in practice to make ourselves better so we can face tough opponents like that.

“(Heritage) played well. We didn’t have an answer to stop what they brought tonight. But we kept on trying to compete.”

The Hawks will host Palm Bay on Thursday night at 7 p.m. before hitting the road next week to play at Bayside (Dec. 10), at Astronaut (Dec. 12) and at East River (Dec. 13).

The players will try to take what they learned Tuesday night and apply it going forward.

“I just think we need to work better collectively as a team,” Stewart said. “We have all the skills that we need, all the pieces. It’s just a matter of putting it together.”