By ERIC VICCARO
Nocona gave Paradise all it could handle for more than one quarter, and the Lady Indians’ attack produced 51 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Panthers triumphed 76-51.
Paradise stayed one game behind Bowie in the District 3A-9 standings with the win.
Nocona’s Emma Meekins fed Magye Fenoglio for a basket, giving Nocona a 19-15 lead at the end of one quarter.
Paradise took control of the proceedings in the second quarter as the Lady Panthers outscored Nocona 20-7 for a 35-26 halftime cushion.
By the end of three quarters, Paradise established a 57-36 bulge. Makenzie Franklin, who tallied 12 points for Nocona, cut the Lady Panther lead to 62-46 with 5:23 left in the fourth quarter. But that’s as close as the score would get the remainder of the way.
Nocona High School’s Makenzie Franklin drives toward the basket during Tuesday’s District 3A-9 game at Nocona. Franklin finished with 12 points, but Nocona lost 76-51. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)