The Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball home opener Friday against Chase County ended in a loss, 56-46. The team will next compete in Marion at the Marion Classic tournament.
Chase County got on the board first with 3 points from the foul line. Brody Kyle cut the Bulldog edge to 1, 3-2, with an outside jump shot. The Bulldogs added 3 more before Austin Savage and Seth Topham combined for 4 and tied the game. Matt Hiebert drained a trey to give the PBHS squad their first lead of the contest, 9-6.
PBHS held onto the lead and led by 4 at the end of the first quarter, 14-10. Topham led the quarter scoring with 5. Hiebert and Savage had 3 each. Gard added a free throw.
A Savage trey gave the PBHS squad the largest lead in the contest, 17-10, in the first minute of the second quarter. Gard added a 2 and 1 from the line for an 8-point edge at the five minute mark, but Chase County battled back to within 1, 22-21, at the buzzer. Savage had 4 in the second. Gard added 3, and Hunter Pickens got on the board with a free throw.
Chase County regained the lead early in the third, but Topham reclaimed it with 2 from the line. Chase County then went on a 6-point run to take the lead, 29-24. The Bulldogs remained in front and led by 5, 35-30, at the end of three quarters. Gard paced the team with 5. Topham had 2 from the line and Pickens had 1.
Twice Savage closed the gap to 5 in the fourth quarter, but Chase County outscored PBHS 21-16 in the final quarter of play. Savage led the quarter scoring with 10 points, including three treys. Hiebert got on the board with a trey, Pickens scored a 1-point basket, and Topham had a free throw. PBHS lost the home opener, 56-46.
Savage led the offense with 17 points. Topham led the defense with 12 rebounds. Hiebert and Gard each had 8. Pickens and Kyle each had 5 steals.
Savage, 17; Gard, 9; Topham, 8; Hiebert, 6; Pickens, 4; Kyle, 2.