By OLIVER GOOD
The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team lost to Moundridge 57-43 Friday after four tough quarters on the court.
“The Wildcats are a good team,” coach Caleb Good said Monday. “We had a slow start and a couple turnovers. We never really broke down, but they penetrated our defense.”
Peabody-Burns trailed 20-10 after the first quarter, but in the second quarter, they closed the gap to 5 points. However, a Wildcats player hit a jump shot to bring the score to 34-27 at halftime.
“It took away some of our momentum when their best player hit that 15-foot fadeaway,” Good said.
Coming out of the locker room the Warriors swapped baskets with the Wildcats until the end of the third quarter when Moundridge made a couple runs Peabody-Burns couldn’t match.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Warriors were down 47-34.
“We tried to play the fourth quarter solid without sending them to the free-throw line,” Good said. “We always preach that there is no shot clock in high school ball so it’s good to take your time when you have the lead. But it got frustrating when Moundridge began eating up time on the clock, only to score.”
Despite the tough loss, he said, the Warriors played a solid game even knowing Moundridge would be a difficult adversary.
“We gave them a good run; we just couldn’t get over that hump,” Good said.
Kornelius Skotaam led the Warrior in scoring with 11 points, Braxton Kyle followed with 9 points, and Vince Newman and Junior Edmondson both made 8 points.
The Warriors sternly defeated the Cougars at 78-32 Tuesday at Centre.
“It was a good night and a good team game for the Warriors,” Good said. “We had control the entire game.”
Scoring 24, PBHS held Centre to 4 points in the first quarter and led 49-23 at halftime.
Kaden Gibson had 9 of the Warriors 20 total assists.
Skotaam led scoring with 23 points, Newman followed with 15 points, Kyle made 12 points, Edmondson had 8 points, Nick Preheim made 6 points, and Brent Buller scored 5 points.
PBHS heads to Sub-State Monday at Inman.