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Lady Rabbits keep playoff hopes alive with win at Jacksboro, 6-3

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Following a three-game skid that threatened to put an end to Bowie’s playoff chances, the Lady Rabbits pulled out the clutch win at Jacksboro Tuesday to keep the dream alive.
Bowie won 6-3 in a game they wrestled control of in the fifth inning due to pitching, defense and timely hitting.
The Lady Rabbits got out to a lead immediately. Leadoff hitter Callie Melton got on base due to a fielding error. Two batters later, Katelyn Allison drew a walk.
After the next batter popped out to the catcher for the second out, Carrington Davis drilled a double that scored both base runners to give Bowie a 2-0 lead.
Kalee Case got the start on the mound and shut down the Lady Tigers in the first inning, allowing no base runners as the game moved into the second inning. After a great first inning, the Lady Rabbits struggled in the top of the second, striking out all three times with no base runners.
Luckily, Case repeated her first inning, allowing no base runners as the game moved into the top of the third.
Taylor McCarty hit a single to center field with one out. Unfortunately, the next batter grounded out to third and McCarty got caught stealing second to end the chance.
Jacksboro led off with a double. A bunt moved the runner to third and another bunt scored her while advancing another runner to third. The next batter grounded out to first, but it allowed the runner on third to score and tie the game 2-2 heading into the fourth inning.
A leadoff single from Kylie Fleming led to nothing as neither team had any offensive luck in the fourth as the game moved in the fifth inning.
Emily Cox led off the inning with a single. Chelsey Ketchum bunted and was allowed to reach base due to an error while Cox advanced to third. After Ketchum stole second, Melton came up and smacked a double into left field, driving both runners in to score.
Two batters later, Allison drove Melton home with a single to right field to make the score 5-2. They were able to move Allison to third with two outs, but the next batter lined out to left field to end the top of the inning.
The Lady Tigers had back-to-back one out singles. A sacrifice bunt moved them both into scoring position. Fortunately, Case forced the next batter to pop out to end the fifth inning.
A two out double from Emily Cox was the only base runner for either team in the sixth inning as the game advanced into the final inning with Bowie still leading 5-2.
A leadoff double from Melton and an error that allowed her to reach third spelled good things. Next batter McCarty was able to drive her in with a single to left field to make the score 6-2. The next two batters lined out to right field and a double play to the shortstop to end the half inning.
Jacksboro was not going to lay down quietly. A leadoff single led to another run when the next batter drove her in with a double.
The base runner advanced to third on a ground out and was in prime position to score again. Fortunately, Case was able to get the last two outs to give the Lady Rabbits the 6-3 win.

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Girls Basketball Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians blew out Howe on Friday night.
The Lady Indians won 69-27 against the overwhelmed Lady Bulldogs.
The first three quarters saw Nocona score 19 or more points in each one. Howe only scored in double-digits in the third quarter, more than doubling its first half total.
Skyler Smith led the team with 19 points and six steals.
Megyn Meekins recorded a near triple-double scoring 17 points, passing for 12 assists and had a team high nine rebounds.
Sydnee Mowry joined them in double-figures scoring 10 points and Jolie Rose nearly did too scoring nine points.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers finished with a positive record at their hosted tournament last week.
The Lady Panthers went 3-2 overall, with one of the wins coming against one of the teams it lost against.
Saint Jo picked up wins against Newcastle 51-25 and Savoy 44-23 in pool play. The next day saw the Lady Panthers lose to Sacred Heart 48-31.
Against Petrolia it was even worse losing 66-33.
This set up a rematch against Sacred Heart. Despite losing to the Lady Tigers by double-digits the previous day, Saint Jo instead won by more than 30 points 66-32 on Saturday to go out of the tournament on a positive note.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears got some good competition at the Saint Jo tournament last week.
The Lady Bears went 1-4 overall, but hung close with several good teams.
Gold-Burg first played district opponent Prairie Valley and lost 42-31.
The other pool game on Thursday was against a Petrolia team that would go on to win the tournament. The Lady Bears lost 66-47, but had several good scoring performances.
The final pool game against Tioga saw Gold-Burg lose 56-47.
During bracket play, the Lady Bears blew out Savoy 54-11 for a chance to play for the silver bracket championship against Newcastle.
Against a 1A playoff team that has an athletic post player, Gold-Burg had a chance to win late in the game, but ultimately fell short 47-42.

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Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers won their hosted tournament last week.
The Panthers went 5-0, winning by double-digits in all of their games.
During pool play Saint Jo beat Newcastle by 50 points (89-39) and Sacred Heart by 20 points (60-40). Bracket play saw the Panthers win even more dominantly first against Petrolia 71-19 and then district opponent Prairie Valley 60-22.
This put them in the championship game against a 2A Muenster program that not only is used to success, but with it only being 10 miles down the road and with current Athletic Director Mark Stevens spending seven years there, the athletic programs are tight.
Usually the bigger Hornets beat up on Saint Jo teams at worse or the Panthers try to keep it close at best during pre-district matchups, but on Saturday that was flipped. Saint Jo beat Muenster 56-46 to win the overall tournament championship.
Kile Thurman was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Brice Durham and Collin Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians played in their first tournament at Dodd City last week.
The Indians went 2-2 overall to finish in fourth place at the tournament.
Nocona played two games during pools on Thursday. The first game was a rematch against Bells from earlier in the week. The Panthers then beat the Indians 46-36 and again in pools 53-33.
Nocona was able to bounce back later in the day, winning a close game against tournament host Dodd City 53-47, a state-ranked 1A team.
Going into bracket play two days later, the Indians won another close game, this one against Tom Bean 59-52.
This put Nocona into a game against North Hopkins for third place. The Panthers are a 2A state-ranked team and unfortunately the Indians did not play their best. North Hopkins won 60-36 as Nocona finished fourth.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs played at Saint Jo’s tournament last week to get some work in.
The young Bulldogs went 2-3 overall to finish in fourth place.
Prairie Valley’s first game of the tournament came against 2A Muenster. The Bulldogs lost 55-30.
Prairie Valley bounced back in the second game of pool play against Petrolia, winning 41-30.
The next day the Bulldogs beat Nocona’s JV team 54-30. To get a chance to play for the championship game and another chance at Muenster, Prairie Valley would have to beat district opponent Saint Jo. The Panthers won 60-22, pushing the Bulldogs to play Sacred Heart in the third place game.
Unfortunately, Prairie Valley lost 65-31 to finish fourth overall.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears struggled at the Saint Jo tournament last week.
Out of the five games played, the four that were reported were all losses.
Gold-Burg lost to Electra 46-34 to start out the tournament. The Bears lost their closest game of the tournament to Petrolia 43-40.
Gold-Burg then got matched up against 2A Muenster and lost 89-18. The last game was a rematch against Electra which did not go better as the Bears lost 46-24.

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