The Doyline Panthers held a lead over Anacoco for three and a half quarters Tuesday night.
"Those last few minutes, we had a couple of careless turnovers and took some bad shots," Doyline coach Michael Normand said. "And Anacoco made the plays they needed to make at the end."
The final result was a tough 66-59 loss for the Panthers. The defeat ended Doyline's season, and Anacoco now moves on to the quarterfinals of the Class B high school basketball playoffs.
"We had a lead at the half and a lead going into the fourth quarter," Normand said. "We played hard, but it is a four quarter game and we just didn't finish."
Laurence Hester, Doyline's leading scorer on the night, got bogged down in foul trouble in the second quarter. Normand said he believes that turned the aggressiveness of his team.
"We played more not to lose than we played to win," he said.
Hester fouled out with three minutes to play and that's when Doyline began making errors, the coach said.
"We've had the problem of not finishing other times this season," he said. "We've had teams on the ropes and couldn't put them away."
Hester scored 20 for the Panthers. Donnie Brooks added 15.
The Panthers end the season at 18-15.
"It was a great crowd that followed us down to Anacoco," Normand said. "We brought the energy. There is a lot of youth on our team.
We have a couple of seniors but the majority of this team is freshmen and sophomores. Hopefully as we get older and more mature we will learn how to put teams away."