Holcomb's Ryan Reeves is guarded by Bernie's Landon Woods. [Order this photo]
Holcomb's Jamie Massey (right) watches Michael Glover go after a ball.
Things went south for the Hornets after.
Bernie, ranked No. 7 in the latest Class 2 state poll, scored the first six points of the second half and never trailed after on its way to a 60-38 home win against Holcomb.
"I thought both teams looked kind of sluggish in the first half," Bernie coach Brad Botsch said. "We talked about a few things at halftime and the kids came out and did a better job executing. I thought Holcomb kind of had an off night. I know they are a lot better than they played tonight. They are an excellent team and Coach McBroom does a great job down there. We will have to be equally as ready if we play them again."
Bernie drained 14 field goals to Holcomb's five after halftime.
The Mules moved ahead 25-22 by the 5:12 mark of the third quarter before increasing its lead to 36-28 at the start of the fourth quarter. Bernie outscored Holcomb 21-7 in the first six minutes of the final frame to increase its lead to 22.
Bernie's Landon Woods is guarded by Holcomb's Ryan Reeves.
The first half was much closer.
The Mules largest lead before halftime was five twice in the first period and once in the second period.
Bernie led the game 17-12 with 5:32 remaining in the first half before Holcomb concluded the second quarter on a 10-2 run.
"We've struggled the last two first halves we've played," Botsch said. "But we've played two good second halves, especially in the third quarter. I don't think there is really anything you can pinpoint other that when our guys finally get locked in and focussed we are capable of playing really good basketball. I didn't think the first half we were very focussed on what we needed to do and I thought the second half we executed our game plan much better."
David Baker calculated 19 of his 23 points after halftime on his way to a team-high 23 points for Bernie.
Sam Turner recorded eight of his 10 points in the second half. Turner hit two of Bernie's five treys.
B.J. Jennings recorded a field goal in every quarter for Bernie on his way to a 16-point night. He also hit two treys.
Jamie Massey paced Holcomb's offense with 15 points. He tallied 10 of the Hornets' 12 second-quarter points.
"He is as good as any big man in southeast Missouri," Botsch said, when asked about guarding Massey. "I don't care what anybody says he is hard to guard. He's a handful. Our guys did a good job of kind of crowding him a little bit. Joey Walker has done a good job guarding big men for us the last two games and the rest of the kids did a good job helping on him. He still got 15 and that's nothing to scoff at, but I was proud of the way our guys defended him."
Bernie's David Baker is guarded by Holcomb's James Vance.
Holcomb is 4-4 against teams in Class 2, District 1, this season with a win against Bernie, Campbell, Hayti and Senath-Hornersville. Holcomb has a loss to Hayti and Portageville and two losses to Bernie.
Bernie is 7-1 against teams in Class 2, District 1, this season. Along with its results against Holcomb Bernie has a win against Campbell, South Pemiscot, Portageville and two wins against Bloomfield.
"It's hard to tell," Botsch said, when asked if he thought his team was in a position to receive the No. 1 seed in the district. "We've got to go play at Hayti next Tuesday, which is a really tough game. Anything can happen and honestly that district is going to be tough from top to bottom. Seeds will be out the window as soon as the first game starts so I think we will just have to keep getting better and not be satisfied with where we are right now."
Holcomb's Jamie Massey handles the ball in the paint.
Bernie will return to action Friday when it hosts Notre Dame Regional High School, which is based in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
"They will be the best pressure defense we have seen all year," Botsch said of Notre Dame. "They are going to be relentless in how they pursue you. Our guards taking care of the ball is going to be a key in that game and at times we haven't done a real good job of that, but I think our guys will be ready to play. It will be a good atmosphere and we are going to give it all we've got."
Holcomb will host traditional Class 1 juggernaut Scott County Central Friday.
"We ain't got time to pout about it," McBroom said. "It's over with and we've got to move to the next game. We've got to be focussed Wednesday in practice, get after each other and take some of the frustrations out on each other."
Bernie's Joey Walker brings down a rebound in the paint Tuesday night. [Order this photo]
HHS 10 12 6 10 - 38
BHS 10 9 17 24 -- 60
HOLCOMB (38) -- Chase Davis 8, Cameron Clark 7, Ryan Reeves 4, Jamie Massey 15, Michael Glover 4. FG 14, FT 7/10, F 15. (3-pointers: Clark 1. Fouled out: none)
BERNIE (60) -- Landon Woods 4, B.J. Jennings 16, Troy Kirkpatrick 3, Justin Stanfield 2, Bubby Schwent 2, David Baker 23, Sam Turner 10. FG 21, FT 13/15, F 14. (3-pointers: Jennings 2, Turner 2, Kirkpatrick 1. Fouled out: none)