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By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News
Braymer was peaking and Hardin-Central was declining when they met last Thursday night in boys basketball, according to Hardin-Central coach Kenneth Layman.
The Bobcats continued to climb their peak, sending the Bulldogs tumbling with a 70-46 season-ending loss in the Class 1 District 13 semifinals at Polo High School.
“We just couldn’t get things going tonight,” Layman said. “We haven’t played well for about the past two weeks…. They got going sooner than us and we just never really got on track.”
By contrast, the Bobcats have “been playing well the last month, month-and-a-half,” Layman said. Braymer coach Brad Cox also praised the Bobcats for their recent performances, including Thursday’s.
“We just came out and played a heck of a ballgame tonight…. Midway through the season, we were still adding some stuff in; and we’re hoping we’re playing our best basketball right now – and it’s kind of showing,” Cox said. “Hardin’s a really good team and we were worried about coming out and playing them tonight.”
If the Bobcats were concerned, it didn’t show on the scoreboard. Sparked by a 9-2 opening run, they led 14-6 after one quarter, 28-16 at halftime and 46-30 after three quarters. They put it away by outscoring the Bulldogs 24-16 the final quarter.