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The Bowie Jackrabbits did just enough to hold off a late charge at Jacksboro to secure a close win on Friday.
The Jackrabbits survived a couple of late shots for the Tigers to tie the game at the end to win 54-51.
The game got off to a competitive start. Bowie had trouble containing two players who did all of Jacksboro’s scoring from behind the arc and keeping them off the free throw line.
On the offensive end, the Jackrabbits were pretty balanced with four players scoring at least one basket. They got a bigger boost from Cade Thompson though, who made two 3-pointers and scored eight of the team’s 14 points.
The Tigers led 15-14 heading into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw the game change drastically. The Bowie offense caught fire from 3-point range. Brody Armstrong came off the bench and made four 3-pointers during the quarter alone. Bayler Swint added one as well as the Jackrabbits scored 19 points the quarter.
While that is not the best offensive quarter for the Jackrabbits this season, it was made even better by the fact the team held Jacksboro to zero points during this stretch.
It was not immediately noticed by everyone until later since everyone got distracted by the string of 3-point baskets swishing through the rim.
The once close game now saw Bowie comfortably in control up 33-15.
It was déjà vu from the game earlier in the week. Against Breckenridge, the Jackrabbits had held the Buckaroos scoreless in the second quarter to establish a double-digit lead. That game never got close as Bowie won by 23 points.
The Tigers were not going to lay down.
“They just kind of kept slowly coming back,” Coach Andy Atkins said. “They hit a lot of shots we hadn’t seen them consistently hit on film and they played really hard.”
Jacksboro more than doubled its first half total in the third quarter, scoring 18 points all inside the 3-point arc.
The Jackrabbits made three more 3-pointers, but not much else. Bowie still led 43-33 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Tigers were gaining.
Jacksboro continued its offensive pace. It wasn’t that the Jackrabbits were falling apart defensively, but the Tigers were making tough shots that continued to go in.
Bowie’s 3-point barrage in the first three quarters escaped the team in the fourth quarter.
Luckily, the team got some baskets inside from post players Riley Blackburn and Ryder Richey along with the team making five of its seven free throw attempts. It ended up being just enough.
Jacksboro had two chances in the final 10 seconds to try and tie up the score, but both attempts missed as the Jackrabbits escaped with the win 54-51.

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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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