By ERIC VICCARO
Get ready, Bowie High School boys’ and girls’ basketball fans.
Both the Jackrabbits and Lady Rabbits will be competing in the Whataburger Tournament down in the Fort Worth area this coming week.
The court is sure to be as hot as a Whataburger with jalapenos and green chilies.
Bowie’s girls will take on Wall in this match up of two teams ranked among the top-20 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Conference 3A poll.
Wall, with a record of 10-5, is ranked No. 3, behind Shallowater and Sunnyvale. Bowie (12-4) is situated at No. 19.
“Wall is a very talented team,” said Bowie head girls’ basketball coach Colby Davis-Pastusek. “They are well-coached and disciplined.”
This will mark Bowie’s third trip to the Whataburger Tournament on the girls’ side. The boys are playing in the event for the first time in many years.
“It’s an honor to play in it,” Davis-Pastusek said. “It’s a talented group of teams, top to bottom. It’s going to be a good challenge and great competition.”
Bowie comes into the tournament rolling, with a pair of district wins over Boyd and Henrietta by the whopping margin of 162-37.
But, the Lady Rabbits still have some things they need to work on, Davis-Pastusek stated.
Bowie will play Wall at 7 p.m. on Dec. 29, at Saginaw High School.
Should Bowie defeat Wall, the team will face Liberty Christian or Cisco in the next round on Dec. 30 at noon.
If Bowie loses, it will play Abilene Wylie or Crandall in the consolation bracket at 11:30 a.m.
The Bowie boys have a less daunting opening-round task, taking on Grapevine Faith Academy at 10 a.m. on Dec. 29, at Chisholm Trail High School in North Fort Worth.
Bowie (10-4) is coming off a tough 72-64 loss to Iowa Park.
Grapevine Faith has a record of 7-10. However, the Lions are a high-scoring team and they’ve put up 114 points on Gainesville.
Should Bowie win, it will play either Kennedale or Liberty Christian at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 30. If the Jackrabbits fall, they will play either Wall or Argyle at noon the same day. Read more of the story in the weekend Bowie News.
Bowie’s Jordan Brightwell, shown here driving for a basket during a Dec. 12 game against Decatur, has been named one of the players to watch during next week’s Whataburger Tournament at Saginaw. See more information on Page 3B. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro)