Giltner boys hitting stride after early losses

Giltner basketball players participate in a box out drill during a recent practice. (KHGI)

Giltner has been put through the ringer in Class D. The hornet boys have played 9 teams with a winning record thus far. In 3 of those contests, Giltner was defeated on average by 12 points. Those losses now seem like a distant memory.

The Hornets could be peaking at the right time. They won the Crossroads conference crown, topping 18–5 teams, BDS and Exeter–Milligan along the way. Giltner's tough schedule serving as a learning tool early in the year, when the team was still trying to establish an identity.

"We battled in those games," said head coach Jordan Ortmeier. "The difference was we didn't know how to finish games. We would get a lead in the 4th quarter, and then we wouldn't stay patient on offense, we didn't know how to work the ball around and wait for a good shot, but we're starting to learn that now. We had a couple of other close games and we're learning how to finish now which is great. Conference tournament has helped us out a bunch playing BDS, Exeter–Milligan where it came down to the wire every game and we're learning how to finish."

Hornets have won 8 in a row since a loss to East Butler. Giltner wraps up the regular season against McCool Junction on Friday.

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