With a record of 11 wins and six losses, the Longhorn boys' jayvee team posted some of the best credentials in the PHS hoop program.
The key to the success for coach Teddy Pettet's charges might have been depth. All season, 10 or more on the 13-player roster would contribute offensively, rather than one player dominating the final stats.
That was fine with the coach. "We're trying to build up all (the players) to play on the team for coach Wilcox (on varsity)," he said during mid-season.
About the only time the young Horns didn't turn out a well-rounded scoring attack was in mid-season when illness and injuries limited the players' effectiveness.
Utilizing a fast-break offense, pressure defense and the unique ability to turn games into nail-biters, the cardiac kids "were fun to watch," Pettet said.
The jayvees wrapped up the 1998-99 campaign Feb. 5 with a 70-52 loss to the Bears.
Midway through the second quarter, the Horns held a six-point lead but the Bears responded with a 14-0 run.
"We could never catch them after that," Pettet said.
Tyler Pettet, the coach's son, led all scorers with 12 points. Steve Williamson finished with 11. Sterling White and Sam Rudd had five each.
Brandon Peters, David Shaw and David LaForge contributed four each. Ty Bennett finished with three.
Three days prior to the loss, the Horns rode a late third-quarter surge in which they outscored Santa Cruz 22-14 to a 72-61 victory.
Tyler Pettet again led scoring with 18.
Others who contributed included LaForge (12), Shaw (11), White (nine), Matt Carter (seven), Rudd (six), Williamson (five), Brandon Peters (two) and Bennett (two).