Hot and cold don’t mix in most things, and especially not in basketball. When they come together, at least shooting-wise, it leads to lopsided games.

That’s just what happened to the boys basketball team Feb. 17 at Ponca. The Indians couldn’t miss and the Huskies couldn’t hit. Ponca took full advantage to build a 37-9 lead in the 2nd quarter and take the win 76-43.

Bryce Moore broke the scoring drought for the Huskies, with their 1st basket at the 3:10 mark. He had all 5 of EPJ’s 1st-quarter points, when he drained a 3 a few minutes later.

The gap continued to grow until midway through the 2nd quarter when the Huskies started forcing turnovers and got some key stops. They worked the deficit down to 20 by halftime.

EPJ put on a full-court press to start the 2nd half that slowed the Ponca offense. They just didn’t have any luck getting the ball inside to Adam Grashoff, who was their sure and certain scorer. He finished the game with 11 points, a season low for him.

Ponca pulled their starters halfway through the 4th quarter and both team’s JVs played out the game.

“We did not shoot well from the field and got down early,” head coach Jake Otkin said. “We weren’t great at contesting shots and stopping guys from getting in the lane and kicking out to their shooters. Their shooters did a great job of hitting shots and keeping us off balance on defense. We also had 27 turnovers, which makes it hard to win when you turn the ball over that many times.”

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.