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The Saint Jo softball team hosted Collinsville on Wednesday for a double-header.
The Lady Pirates won both games by run-rule 23-2 and 19-4 in games the Lady Panthers know they have to get through in order to grow the program from the ground up.
Thanks to spring break and other off the field commitments her athletes have, Coach Kelly Skidmore knew it could be rough.
The first game saw Collinsville score 14 runs in the first inning thanks mostly to walks and hit batters.
A pitching change for innings two and three cut down on the amount of walks, but the Lady Pirates still scored nine runs in the following two innings.
Still, the Lady Panthers found some ways to score in the short game. Elaina Everson got a single in the first inning, later stealing second base and advancing to third on an error.
She would then be driven in by Taylor Patrick on a ground out to the shortstop.
In the final inning of the game, the Lady Panthers loaded the bases with two drawn walks and a hit batter. With two outs, Krista Reeves stole home to score run two in the game before the final out.
The next game was much better for the Lady Panthers. Saint Jo struck first on offense as Reeves and Kayden Skidmore scored on the base paths with the bases loaded to go up 2-0.
Collinsville answered back with six runs to take the lead heading into the second inning.
The Lady Pirates added one more run in the second inning, but Saint Jo got that run back to start the third inning. Aubrey Morman grounded out to the pitcher, but it was enough to score Skidmore.
Unfortunately, the Lady Pirates answered back where the game got away from the Lady Panthers. Collinsville scored eight run in the third inning. Thankfully, Saint Jo stopped them before they got up by 15 runs so the game could continue on in the fourth inning.
There the Lady Panthers added one more run, this one on a single from Skidmore that drove in Reeves.
Unfortunately, the defense could not hold up Collinsville in the fourth inning. The Lady Pirates scored four runs to end the game due to run rule, winning 19-4.
Again, too many walks given up (15) and (11) hits led to Collinsville’s abundance of runs. Thankfully, there were no errors from the field and Saint Jo was able to get eight hits.
It was also the first game for the Lady Panthers this season to advance past inning three, which is a moral victory in a season that is full with them.

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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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