The Kingsley-Pierson basketball team played much closer during Tuesday's game with rival Woodbury Central, but still could not get over the hump as it fell 47-43 in Moville.
The Panthers led the majority of the contest before going cold at the free throw line in the waning minutes.
"We just couldn't finish at the end," said K-P coach Adam Rapp, who team lost 64-52 to the Wildcats in its season-opener on December 1. "The boys played well, we just couldn't get the free throws that we needed at the end."
Colin Henrich scored 14 points to lead the Panthers.
"He shot the ball really well," Rapp said.
Tate Rohde and Brandon Bainbridge each scored seven points while Evan Colfack chipped in six while pulling down 16 rebounds.
"We came out and played them really well," Rapp said. "We really did well on the boards. Believe it or not, they were actually pretty even."
James Wright scored 13 of his game-high 22 points after halftime to lead the Wildcats. Alex Ralston added 14 points for Woodbury Central.
"It was the most complete game we've played since the Remsen St. Mary's game," Rapp said, referring to K-P's 64-64 loss to the Hawks on December 3.
The Panthers fall to 0-6. Their Thursday game with Storm Lake St. Mary's was postponed and K-P is scheduled to play Ridgeview (Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland) on Friday.