ANACOCO – Hornbeck took an early lead over Anacoco, and while the Hornets could not blow out the Indians, they held on to the win.
Anacoco stayed in the game by hitting seven 3s but fell to the Hornets 57-49 Tuesday night at Anacoco High School.
"We had too many turnovers and threw the ball away play after play," Anacoco head coach Brad Prichard said. "We didn't make good decisions and didn't make good reads. That's what killed us."
Hornbeck led 13-8 after the first quarter and increased its lead to double digits on a jumper by Grady Mitcham with 6:04 to play in the first half.
A 3-pointer by Anacoco guard Landry Alligood made cut the deficit to four points near the end of the second quarter.
However, Jaren Mitcham hit a layup and a jumper to make it 27-18 at the break.
"We would do something good, and the next possession, we would get away from what was working," Prichard said. "Defensively, we didn't make stops, and they capitalized on every one of our mistakes."
Leading 33-26, Anacoco went on a 9-0 run with under three minutes to play to go up 42-26.
The Indians hit a pair of 3s to open the fourth to pull within nine, but Anacoco could not string together enough shots to retake the lead.
"We are usually a pretty good 3-point shooting team, but you live or die by the 3," Prichard said. "That's what we were doing tonight, dying, unfortunately. We would get hot every once in a while, but I wanted us to look inside more."
"It started looking ugly, but we kept fighting. I'm happy about that part. Now, we just have to stop making so many turnovers."
The loss drops Anacoco to 9-15 overall in 0-1 in district play.
"We'll progress, and we will get our minds wrapped around how to stop these turnovers," Prichard said. "I think we'll pick it up, and it will be a great game at Hornbeck when we get up there if we minimize our turnovers and hit our shots."
Hornbeck (16-9, 1-0) was led by 21 points from Grady Mitcham and Cooper Smith (10) and Jaren Mitcham (11) each finished in double figures.
Noah Carroll led Anacoco with 19, and Jordan Martin knocked in 11.
The good product on the court was marred by a skirmish after the game when players and fans got into a physical altercation while the players were going through the handshake line.