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Oilers slip past Loyd Star

Loyd Star’s basketball season came to a disappointing end Saturday night, with the Hornets falling to Heidelberg 68-59 in the Class 2A state playoffs.

The Hornets conclude their season with a 14-11 record overall.

Heidelberg 68, Loyd Star 59 

The Oilers captured a 17-12 lead in the first, but Loyd Star would answer with a 21-10 run in the second to take a 32-27 lead into halftime.

The Hornets continued to pressure the Oilers, but Heidelberg cut into Loyd Star’s lead with a 15-11 run to close out the third trailing 43-42.

In the final quarter of play, the Oilers put together a 26-15 run to eliminate Loyd Star from the playoffs.

“This was a tough, physical game for our boys,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “The guys did a great job fighting back in the second quarter to take a five-point lead into halftime.

“In the second half, both teams fought back and forth in a physical contest,” said Britt. “Heidelberg has a good and physical ball team. Overall, I was very pleased with my guys’ effort. They fought hard until the very end.”

Greg Hook powered the Hornets attack with 20 points and six rebounds. Javion Beard contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and had two blocked shots. Levi Redd provided a double-double effort of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Arnold scored eight points. Patrick Price finished with one point.