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Prairie Valley vs Forestburg vs Gold-Burg boys
The Prairie Valley boy’s won their games on Friday and Saturday against Forestburg and Gold-Burg.
The Bulldogs beat the Longhorns 67-42 while beating the Bears 57-41 a day later.
Prairie Valley jumped out to a 28-4 lead early in the game against Forestburg. With some foul troubles preventing the Bulldogs from pressing like they wanted to, the Longhorns were able to get back into the game a bit.
Still, Prairie Valley did not let Forestburg get close as the Bulldogs still won by a comfortable margin.
Tyler Winkler led Prairie Valley with 29 points. Isaac Yeargin was second with 15 points and Eli Croxton was right behind with 14 points.
Coach Seth Stephens thought his team played well early on, but not nearly as well once the gas was taken off the pedal.
The Longhorns were led by Braxton Osteen, who scored 13 points. Dylan Ronken was right behind him with 12 points. Coach Eldon Van Hoosen thought the team played better after the disastrous first quarter.
Saturday’s game against Gold-Burg was a make-up game from earlier. It was a similar game for Prairie Valley as the Bulldogs jumped out to a big lead in the first half, leading 31-12.
Foul issues for the Bulldogs and better play from the Bears saw Gold-Burg get back into the game, but just not enough to threaten a comeback.
Winkler again led Prairie Valley with 28 points. Yeargin picked up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Konner Ritchie led the team with 12 rebounds and five assists to go with eight points.
Stephens still thinks his team has another level to go in execution, though their effort is at an all-time high.
Prairie Valley is scheduled to pull another doubleheader this week, playing at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 against Saint Jo before playing at Slidell the next day.
The Longhorns are next scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Midway. Gold-Burg is next scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Bellevue.

Prairie Valley vs Forestburg vs Gold-Burg girls
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs won games against Forestburg and Gold-Burg on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Horns 44-32 and the Lady Bears 65-45.
Prairie Valley had to work overtime to try and contain Forestburg’s big post play while moving the ball around to get open shots.
Molly Gilleland led the team with 14 points. Emily Carpenter and Hailey Winkler each added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Prairie Valley Coach Jeannie Carpenter thought her team did a good job of defending the post and playing physical.
Against Gold-Burg, the Lady Bulldogs came out and on fire from downtown, making 15 3-pointers in the game. Against an undermanned Lady Bears squad, that was just too much to try and keep up with.
Winkler led Prairie Valley with 16 points. Gilleland and Carmen Gomez scored 14 points each and Carpenter scored 12 points. Randi Gilleland led the team with 14 rebounds and Gomez had nine assists.
Nursing some injuries from the day’s previous game, Carpenter knew her team would need to play well.
“We knew this Gold-Burg team had height and could shoot the ball so we focused on defending their shooters and rebounding,” Carpenter said.
Kelly Contreras led the Lady Bears with 21 points while Taylor Lyons was second with six points.
Gold-Burg Coach Cheryl Cromleigh lamented missing one of her players and having more bodies to press like she would have wanted too.
Prairie Valley is scheduled to pull another doubleheader this week, playing at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 against Saint Jo before playing at Slidell the next day.
The Lady Horns are next scheduled to play at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Midway. Gold-Burg is next scheduled to play at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Bellevue.

Saint Jo boys
The Saint Jo Panthers picked up a crucial win at Midway on Friday in a close game that went down to the wire.
The Panthers came out on top 46-43 against the Falcons in a game that could have playoff seeding implications.
The game was back-and-forth throughout. Neither team ever seemed to establish a lead by more than one or two baskets until the end.
Thankfully, it was Saint Jo that made the final basket. Kile Thurman made a 3-pointer with a little more than a minute in the game to put the Panthers up. After that it was the Panthers defense that came through, with three crucial stops to secure the win.
Despite dealing with foul trouble, senior Cade Stevens led the team with 15 points to go with six rebounds and five steals. Several of his points came at a crucial time in the second half.
Coach Lyndon Cook praised Logan Brawner’s defense against Midway’s top scorer, making him work for all 26 of his points while holding him scoreless in the fourth quarter.
The win gives Saint Jo two wins against the Falcons, a team that was ranked among the state’s top 25 when district started.
“Getting the season sweep over a team of that quality speaks volumes about the mental toughness and tenacity of this group of guys and I’m excited to see how we handle the rest of the district schedule with only 6 games left and us sitting at 5-1,” Cook said.
Saint Jo is next scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Prairie Valley.

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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.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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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.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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