The Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball season ended March 2 in a close contest with Moundridge, 48-45.
The Warriors finished the season with a 14-7 record.
Both offenses had a couple of misses before Jacob Simmonds got PBHS on the board with two free throws.
The Wildcats nailed a three, but Aaron Topham and Brian O’Neal added four to take the lead, 6-3.
The lead soon vanished with another Wildcat three-pointer.
The Warriors took a one-point edge when Sean Jones got on the board with a free throw but the Wildcats answered with a free throw and a basket to take the lead again, 9-7.
Martin Hofkamp came into the game and put in a two to even the game at nine.
Moundridge added another basket plus a free throw with less than a minute to play in the first.
O’Neal pulled the team to within one with an outside jumper with 15 seconds left in the quarter.
PBHS trailed by one, 12-11, at the end of the first period.
Topham evened the game at 12 with a free throw in the early seconds of the second quarter.
Moundridge scored five and the Warriors were down 17-12 with six minutes left in the half.
Topham added another basket but Moundridge answered with five more points before Simmonds added four points to cut the Wildcat lead to four, 22-18.
Moundridge answered again with a three plus a free throw and the lead was 26-18.
Topham and Simmonds teamed up for four points to cut the lead to three, but a Wildcat jump shot with two seconds left in the quarter gave MHS a 28-23 lead at halftime.
The Warriors challenged the Wildcats throughout the third quarter and came as close as one, 33-32, on a three from Jake Middleton coupled with a basket underneath by Hofkamp.
Moundridge again answered with points and the Warriors were down by five at the end of the third period, 39-34.
Hofkamp had six in the quarter, Middleton three, and Simmonds two.
The PBHS defense did the job in the fourth and held the Wildcats to nine points.
The Warrior offense however only had 11.
The Warriors led briefly when a Middleton basket pulled the Warriors to within two and Simmonds followed with a three to give PBHS the edge, 45-44.
Two PBHS attempts late in the game fell short.
Four Wildcat free throws made the difference and ended the contest and the Warrior season, 48-45.
Middleton had five in the fourth, and Topham, Simmonds, and Hofkamp each had two.
Jacob Simmonds, 12; Martin Hofkamp, 10; Aaron Topham, 10; Jake Middleton, 8; Brian O’Neal, 4; Sean Jones, 1.