Brownstown Central’s fourth-quarter rally came up short and the Braves lost 76-68 Tuesday night at Floyd Central.
The Highlanders held a 57-47 lead going into the fourth period before the Braves closed to 61-59 on a 3-point basket by Jacoby Shade with 3:15 remaining.
The Highlanders then went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 67-59 and the closes the Braves could get was 69-65 in the final minute.
“We played with a lot of energy to get back,” Braves coach Dave Benter said. “Our guys put themselves back into position to win, but they came out of a timeout and got a couple of baskets and we were out of position after that.
“Their runout transition hurt us and gave them some easy baskets at the other end.”
The Braves got off to a slow start as they trailed 8-0 after three minutes, and 14-8 at the end of the first period.
The Braves shot 2-for-14 from the floor in that opening period, and 21 for 73 for the night.
“I thought we rushed our shots, and their length had a lot to do with that,” Benter said.
Carson Lambring’s second 3-pointer of the second quarter pulled the Braves to within 23-18 midway through the quarter.
The Highlanders then went on a 14-2 run to open a 37-20 lead before Lambring added two 3-pointers in the closing minute to make it a 37-26 score at the half. Lambring scored 14 in the second quarter.
Floyd Central came out hot at the start of the third period by going on an 11-3 run to take its biggest lead of the night at 48-29.
Cam Shoemaker topped the Braves with 17 points, Lambring scored 16, and Shade and Cody Waskom scored 13 apiece.
McCory topped the Braves with 11 rebounds and Shoemaker had 10.
Matt Weimer topped the Highlanders with 17 and Tyler Kimm scored 14.
The Braves (17-3) will close out their Mid-Southern Conference schedule Friday night at Eastern (Pekin).
Saturday night’s home game against Providence has been moved to Tuesday because of the Providence girls playing in a Class 2A Semi-State on Saturday.
The Highlanders, coached by BCHS graduate Todd Sturgeon, are 12-7.