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Staff writer

It was another tough week for Peabody-Burns basketball, as the boys and girls both lost to the neighboring Goessel Bluebirds.

The girls continued to inch closer toward their first win of the season, managing to hold the Bluebirds at 0-0 through the first four minutes.

It wasn’t enough, as Goessel opened a nine point lead, and used that to drive them to a 39-20 win.

The Peabody-Burns boys came out of the gates strong, sitting at 11-11 midway through the first quarter.

The Bluebirds once again proved too much, as they ran away with a 70-34 victory.

Girls

Despite closing the first quarter scoreless, Peabody-Burns matched the Bluebirds point-for-point in the second. The Warriors scored 10 points in the second quarter, their highest total for a quarter.

Reaching the double-digit mark in a quarter was a promising sign for coach Travis Schafer.

“I’m extremely proud of the way we came out and competed,” he said. “We learned the difference between competing and playing hard.”

Goessel took a commanding 36-13 lead, outscoring the Warriors 16-3 in the third quarter. The stranglehold loosened in the final period, as Peabody-Burns was able to score seven to their three, giving the Warriors their first game with 20 points

“We can be proud of our efforts, but we shouldn’t be happy with a 19 point loss,” he said. “Especially if we want to keep moving forward.”

Boys

The Warrior boys struggled shooting the ball, making one out of their eight 3-pointers, and 13 of 43 total shots.

Peabody-Burns’ defense had their hands full with Goessel’s shooting, as the Bluebirds made 20-of-36 2-pointers, and five-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The home team’s difficulties showed in the first half box score, as Goessel outscored the Warriors 41-18. In the second half, Peabody-Burns’ prospects improved drastically. They nearly matched their scoring total from the first half, with 16, while the Bluebirds’ scoring dropped to 29.

The difference in categories other than shooting remained small. Peabody-Burns picked up seven offensive rebounds, while only allowing the Bluebirds six.

Steals and turnovers also remained close. The Warriors stole the ball seven times, resulting in 10 total turnovers, while surrendering 16 turnovers of their own.

Besides shooting, the big difference came in assists. Goessel assisted on 14 of 25 made shots, or 56 percent, while Peabody-Burns tallied no assists.

Last modified Dec. 21, 2018

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