Coyotes struggle early


The Pawnee Coyotes boys basketball team is struggling in the early going of the 2015-16 season, with a record of 1-4 so far on the year.

Pawnee opened the season at home hosting Dayspring Christian Academy on December 1.

The Coyotes tried to get their rhythm at the start but the Eagles took an early 15-2 lead in the first and never looked back. DCA led 29-12 at halftime.

The Coyotes tried to keep pace in the second half but were outscored 15-11 in the third and 19-16 in the fourth to take the 63-39 loss to start the season at 0-1.

Next up was a road trip to Highland on Dec. 4 that saw the Coyotes fall, 74-29.

The Huskies went up 24-5 in the first and led 41-13 at the intermission.

Highland never let up, outscoring Pawnee 15-7 in the third and 18-9 in the fourth to hand the Coyotes their second loss of the season.

On Dec. 5, the Coyotes returned home to host Clear Creek. Although the Golddiggers thought they were going to find the mother lode in Grover, all they ended up with was fools gold as the Coyotes got their first win, beating CC by a score of 73-52.

For the first three quarters, it was all Pawnee, who outscored the Golddiggers 25-13 in the first, 21-11 in the second and 15-11 in the third.

Clear Creek rallied in the fourth, 17-12, but they just couldn’t mine enough points to beat the Coyotes, who improved to 1-2 on the season with the win.

Pawnee traveled to Peetz on Dec. 11 for a conference matchup with the Bulldogs.

The Coyotes got the early edge 16-14 in the first quarter, but Peetz came back in the second to lead 30-25 at the break.

Pawnee inched within one point of Peetz in the third quarter with the Bulldogs maintaining a slim 44-43 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Coyotes were able to outscore Peetz 12-11 in the fourth to tie the game at 55-all at the end of regulation time.

In overtime, the Bulldogs put up nine unanswered points to win 64-55 and send the Coyotes record to 1-3.

On Dec. 12, the Coyotes hosted Heritage Christian for a non-conference game.

Despite taking a 9-8 lead in the first quarter, the Coyotes lost control of the game in the second and fell behind 24-16 at the half.

The Eagles edged the Coyotes in points 17-15 in the third, but it was still anybody’s game at 41-31.

The Coyotes launched a fourth quarter rally, outscoring the Eagles 22-16, but fell short 57-53 at the end of play.

The loss brings the Coyotes’ record to 1-4 on the season.


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