By ERIC VICCARO
The District 3A-9 opener between the Nocona and Paradise boys’ basketball teams turned into a tightly called contest.
The Indians and Panthers combined for 51 fouls and 52 free-throw attempts as Paradise defeated Nocona 67-44 on Saturday evening.
“We had trouble scoring all game long, and we got into foul trouble,” said Nocona head coach Bret Botard.
Nocona had trouble establishing a rhythm on offense, and defensively for that matter, too, since the game was called so tight. Officials whistled even the slightest hand check.
GIRLS: Paradise 52, Nocona 50
Paradise scored the game-winning basket on a tip-in the closing seconds as the Nocona girls suffered a 52-50 loss in District 3A-9 play on Saturday.
Makenzie Franklin was Nocona’s leading scorer with 15 points, and Emma Meekins added 10. Meekins also dished off four assists and Franklin had three steals.
Mackie Trumbull grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Nocona in that statistical category. Read more in The Bowie News.
Nocona’s Jake Rhyne (right) comes up with the rebound while Marcus Carter watches during a District 3A-9 contest. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)