“We expected, and told our kids at halftime, to expect Brock to turn up their intensity a notch in the third quarter,” said Peaster head coach Derron Smith. “They did, and it just took us a while to respond to that.
“We didn’t really do anything different in our response. We just ran our offense and ‘did Peaster things.’”
Smith ceded that the Hounds were playing conservatively with the early lead, but changed that approach as the game changed.
“We told the kids to cut loose more, and start attacking in the fourth quarter,” Smith said. “In a weird way, it kind of took pressure off of us when we lost that lead.
“It’s just a change in mindset of ‘Are you protecting a lead or are you trying to get a lead?’ Both teams go through that.”
Hayden James led the scoring for the Eagles, finishing the night with 14 points. It is no accident that Brock’s perimeter players did most of the scoring.
“We were really focused on taking away Brock’s post play,” Smith said. “As soon as the ball went inside we were doubling up.
When the schedule hits the second round of district play, Brock and Peaster do it all over again, this time at the Eagles’ house.
“There’s no doubt we were lucky, tonight,” Smith said. “To turn the ball over that many times and miss those late free those, it’s tough to expect to win a game like that, especially against a team like Brock.”
Peaster 44 Brock 43
BHS 8 14 18 3 — 57
PHS 13 12 8 11 — 28
Brock: Hayden James 14, Hayden McPherson, Bailey Cockburn 8, Lance Ewell 5, Harris Jowell 5.
Peaster: Ty Ballard 18, Colton Wright 12, Parker Grudt 7, Eric Siewert 3, Draven Tell 2, Dathan Kemp 2.