Substate losses close out PBHS hoops
Wins were tough to come by for Peabody-Burns basketball teams this season, and none were to be found Friday at Chase County or in substate tournament play at Goessel.
Trying to bounce back from a 53-15 loss to Chase County, the Lady Warriors squared off Monday against league foe Centre at Goessel.
Slow starts have been the Achilles heel for PBHS, and it was no different against Centre. The Lady Cougars raced to an 11-0 first quarter lead, and held a 19-5 advantage at the half.
Coach Scott Bauer might want to file his locker room talk for future reference, because a rejuvenated Lady Warriors’ team gave the Lady Cougars all they could handle in the second half.
Guard Mallory Harris breezed through a Centre press, and after two quick passes, Anna Lubbers scored underneath. Sydney Hodges followed with a trey, and Nicole Sanders added a bucket. Active on defense and rebounding, Peabody-Burns kept Centre off-balance offensively, but the Lady Cougars led 27-12 going into the final stanza.
Peabody-Burns, and Harris in particular, saved the best for last.
After a Lubbers shot got things rolling, Harris connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key and followed up with a 2 to get PBHS within 31-19. Katie Charles was in the right spot at the right time, grabbing an errant shot and scoring a contested put-back. With 1:40 to play, Harris drained another 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 9, 36-24.
The Lady Warriors ended up winning the second half, but a final flurry of charities gave Centre a 37-24 win.
The girls didn’t start off much better at Chase County, as the Lady Bulldogs scored the first 11 points before Tori Pickens scored for PBHS. Chase County scored 10 more to end the first quarter ahead 21-2.
Mallory Harris hit for 2 for the Lady Warriors, but the Bulldogs scored 6 before Pickens drained a 3-pointer to end the run. Peabody-Burns defense stepped up in the second quarter, giving up just 12, and Chase County led 33-7 at the half.
The Bulldogs outscored the Warriors 10-5 in the third. Katie Charles finally found her way onto the board by knocking down a free throw. Anna Lubbers followed up with a basket, and Pickens downed a shot late in the period.
Chase County took a 43-12 lead into the fourth, and 3 free throws were all the Lady Warriors could muster as the Lady Bulldogs won 53-15.
Pickens led PBHS with 7.
After a 40-point blowout loss at Chase County, the Warriors boys were staring at another high-powered offensive opponent in first round susbstate play Tuesday. Burrton had scored more than 80 points multiple times.
“We felt like in order for us to compete we had to play our tempo,” coach Caleb Good said. “It pretty well went as well as we could’ve hoped.”
The strategy of deliberate play worked so well that the Warriors found themselves in a real dogfight, trailing just 17-16 at the end of the first half.
Small differences can be magnified in close games, and such was the case when Burrton took control in the third quarter.
“After halftime they hit a couple buckets right out of the gate, and our inability to score made it tough for a little stretch,” Good said. “We fought like crazy, but they had a little bit better third quarter than us, and we had to play catch up in the fourth, and that was that.”
Austin Reynolds was the only PBHS player in double figures with 16, and the 46-32 loss brought the Warriors’ season to an end, albeit a more satisfying one than the regular-season closer at Chase County.
A back-and-forth first quarter left the Warriors in good position, trailing just 14-10.For the rest of the quarter it was a little bit of back and fourth but at the end the Bulldogs led 14-10.
Austin Purk, Austin Reynolds and Jayton Scott opened the second with a combined 5 points, and that was the the end of the Warriors for the quarter, as the Bulldogs poured on 16 to go into halftime with the lead 37-15.
The Warriors’ scoring woes persisted in the second half, while the Bulldogs remained unstoppable. With a continuous clock in the fourth quarter, Chase County coasted home with 66-26 win. Purk had 8 points to lead Peabody-Burns.