It was the best of halves. It was the worst of halves.

It was the best of halves. It was the worst of halves. That's the best way to describe what happened to the Simpson Broncos on Friday in their District 5-B matchup against parish rival Hornbeck. Despite a valiant effort in the first half, where they led by five points, the Broncos (9-21, 1-4) couldn't put together that same effort in the second half as the Hornets (18-13, 3-2) claimed a 61-39 victory on Friday. The Broncos jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on buckets by Kyle Myers and Kevin Martin. After a three-point play by Hornbeck senior Cody Wilson, Simpson got another bucket from Martin and a three-pointer from Kevin Ordoyne for a 9-3 advantage. Matthew Killian got on the board for the Hornets with a basket, but Simpson reclaimed its six-point edge on a layup by John Flatt. However, Wilson knocked down a free throw and Killian got another bucket in the lane to cut the Simpson lead to 11-8 at the end of the first period. The Hornets kept things going into the second quarter, opening the frame with an 8-0 run. Trent Beverly scored for the Hornets and Wilson knocked down 1-of-2 free throws to tie it at 11-11. Killian followed with a pair of free throws, while Justin Alford made 1-of-2 for a 14-11 Hornbeck lead. Another basket from Killian extended the Hornet lead to 16-11. But Simpson rallied back to reclaim the advantage at the break, going on a 10-0 run. Blake Edwards drained a pair of three-pointers and scored eight points during the Simpson surge, which ended with a basket from Flatt and a 21-16 halftime advantage for the Broncos. But as good as the first half was to Simpson, the second half was just as bad. Hornbeck opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run, with six of the points coming from Alford as the Hornets took a 24-21 lead. Tyler Stephens drained a three-pointer for Simpson to tie things at 24-24, but Killian scored seven of the next nine points in the game to push Hornbeck out to a 33-24 advantage. Flatt stopped the run momentarily, but Wilson, Killian and Shannon Hale combined for seven points over the final couple of minutes of the frame to send the Hornets into the fourth period with a 40-28 advantage. The Broncos got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way as Hornbeck closed on a 21-11 run to secure the victory. Killian led the way for Hornbeck with 24 points, while Wilson and Alford chipped in with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Flatt paced Simpson with 10 points, while Edwards added eight points. The Hornets take to the road on Tuesday for a district matchup against Pitkin, while Simpson stays at home in district play against league-leading Fairview.