Peabody-Burns boys basketball ended on a high note at last week’s Marion Classic, taking a decisive 64-46 victory over the home team Saturday.
The Warriors never trailed their northern neighbors, with the score tied 17-17 at the end of the first quarter, and Peabody-Burns outscoring the opposition 47-29 in the three remaining quarters.
They had the advantage of the game’s two highest scorers. Rocco Weerts dropped 18 points, including from three 3-pointers, while sophomore Philip Young had 13.
Peabody-Burns’ balance was especially important since the team had to negate its 15 turnovers. The Warriors did so by hitting 22 shots, including five 3-pointers, and 15-of-25 from the free throw line.
Peabody-Burns also had the advantage in distribution, with nine players contributing at least three points, while allowing just six Marion players to score.
As well as the visitors played on offense, they also got it done on the defensive end.
Peabody-Burns didn’t allow Marion to score more than 10 points in the second, third, or fourth quarters. At the same time, Marion found itself in desperate need of charity, going 5-of-13 from the stripe.
The boys’ next game is Friday in Goessel, when they take on the 3-1 Bluebirds.
Scoring summary: Weerts, 18; Young, 13; Jake Parks, 8; Noal Reynolds, 7; Alex Caldwell, 4; Jake Partridge, 4; Thomas Smith, 4; Andrew Hauck, 3; Caleb VanCuren, 3.
Girls show progress
Peabody-Burns girls didn’t have the same success as the boys, but there was evidence of improvement.
The Warriors lost 51-11 on Thursday to Berean Academy, but responded by nearly tripling their offensive output Saturday against Remington.
Despite losing 64-30, Peabody-Burns showed resiliency by following a four-point first quarter with 10 in the second, 11 in the third, and nine points in the fourth quarter.
The girls also showed promise distributing the ball, with seven players getting on the score sheet. McKayla Hauck’s nine points led the way, while Anna Eldridge had seven, and Lexi Davis added six.
Another sign of good things to come was the team’s ability to get to the free throw line. The Warriors only made
The girls’ final game before Christmas break is Friday, when they visit the Bluebirds, with both teams hungry for their first win.
Scoring summary: Hauck, 9 points; Eldridge, 7; and Davis, 6; Hadley Clark, 3; Mackenzie Eden, 2; Skylre Stucky, 2; Sophie Coover, 1.
Last modified Dec. 19, 2019