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Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake tourney recap

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The Bowie Lady Rabbits wrapped up their final tournament of the season with their best stretch of play at Nocona’s Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake tournament.
The Lady Rabbits went 7-0 and won the overall tournament championship despite facing several tough teams.
Bowie did well earlier in the month at its first two tournaments at both Burkburnett (third place) and in a tougher field at Glen Rose (runner-up to consolation title).
The Lady Rabbits started the tournament with a familiar foe. Boyd had given Bowie its only loss in its first tournament and later won on the Lady Rabbits home court.
This third meeting was different as everything went Bowie’s way. The Lady Rabbits dispatched the Lady Jackets easily 25-16 and 25-18 to start off pool play on Thursday.
Bowie won its second match easily playing Henrietta’s JV team with scores 25-15 and 25-12. The toughest match ironically came against a 1A Bryson team that kept the sets close and easily could have won either one. The Lady Rabbits came out on top in both sets with scores 26-24 and 25-20.
Thursday pool play wrapped up against an Archer City team Bowie easily beat to open the season two weeks earlier. Things went much the same as it did in the first matchup, with the Lady Rabbits winning dominantly 25-8 and 25-15.
After going 4-0 in pool play and not dropping a set, this gave Bowie a one seed entering the gold bracket two days later on Saturday.
The Lady Rabbits started off playing the varsity Henrietta team, a district opponent that is expected to challenge them in the standings. Bowie beat the Lady Cats at last week’s previous tournament to get the early season mental edge, but would Saturday be a different story?
It was only the since the match ended after two sets instead of three. Bowie came out on top again, though both sets were pretty competitive with scores of 25-20 and 25-21.
The next match against an always tough Windthorst program only gave the Lady Rabbits pause for the first set. Bowie won the tightly contested set 25-22 before easily running away with the second set, winning 25-13.
This put the Lady Rabbits into the championship match against Lindsay. It was the most consistently close match of the tournament for Bowie, but the team kept up its streak of not losing a set throughout the whole tournament, winning both sets 25-22 to win the tournament championship.

Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians wrapped up tournament season by hosting the always important Buckle Up for Lane tournament.
The Lady Indians went 5-2 overall and finished fourth overall in a field full of some of the toughest teams in the area.
Nocona first played pool games on Thursday. Old district opponent City View stole the first set off the Lady Indians, but that would be the only one they lost that day. Nocona went on to win that game 2-1.
Another former district opponent Jacksboro fell in straight sets along with matches against Wichita Falls and Petrolia to finish pool play undefeated. This meant the Lady Indians advanced to the gold bracket on Saturday.
Nocona started out the day with a good start, beating Iowa Park in straight sets to advance to the winner side of the bracket.
It was here where the Lady Indians had their first blemish of the tournament. A Lindsay team that wound up being tournament runners-up won the match in straight sets which meant Nocona played its final match for third place.
Unfortunately, the Lady Indians ran into Windthorst for the fourth time this season and who they played earlier in the week.
The Lady Trojans won the first three matches and unfortunately Saturday was no different. It went to three sets, but Nocona fell to Windthorst to finish fourth overall.

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Boys Roundup

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The Nocona Indians are sitting in first place in the district after picking up wins against Windthorst and Seymour on Friday and Saturday.
The Indians won 67-53 against the Trojans and 46-37 against the Panthers.
The icy conditions moved the Seymour game to Saturday so Nocona first had to travel to Windthorst on Friday after little practice time.
The first game saw the Indians win a defensive struggle, but Friday saw both teams have much better offensive success.
Nocona controlled most of the game besides a bad third quarter where the Trojans outscored the Indians 22-13. It was not enough to catch back up as Nocona won with little drama.
Conley Kleinhans led the team with 17 points and seven assists. Michael Wetmore was second with 12 points while Ryder Oswald scored 10 points.

Saint Jo vs Forestburg
The Saint Jo Panthers traveled to Forestburg on Friday night.
The Panthers won 42-29 against the young Longhorn team.
Both teams had little practice time last week due to the icy weather.
Forestburg surprisingly led at halftime 16-15 thanks to allowing Saint Jo to score just two points in the second quarter.
The experienced Panthers team picked up the intensity in the second half and also played better offensively to get back control of the game.
Collin Thomas led Saint Jo with 14 points Brice Durham was second with 10 points.
The Panthers are next scheduled to play at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 at home against Bellevue.
The Longhorns were led by Nathan Payne and Jesus Sanchez each scoring nine points on three 3-pointers.
Forestburg did not have long to wait as it next played Gold-Burg less than 24 hours later.

Forestburg vs Gold-Burg
The Forestburg Longhorns were able to get a win at Gold-Burg on Saturday.
The Longhorns won 57-43 against the Bears.
Jesse Wadsworth led Forestburg with 17 points while Nathan Payne was second with 14 points. Kyler Willett was not far behind with 13 points.
For Gold-Burg, Isaac Renteria led the team with 11 points while Aidan Foster and Jack Henry each scored nine points.

Prairie Valley vs Gold-Burg
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs picked up a win against Gold-Burg at home on Friday night.
The Bulldogs won 79-48 against the Bears.
Tyler Winkler led Prairie Valley with 28 points while Trae Campbell was second with 16 points. Tyson Easterling joined them in double-figures scoring 12 points.
The Bulldogs could not follow with another win as they lost to Midway the next day 56-37.
For Gold-Burg, Jack Henry led the team with 18 points while Aidan Foster was right behind him with 16 points.

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Girls Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians wrapped up their fifth straight district title in their wins on Friday and Saturday against teams sitting in second and third place.
The Lady Indians won dominantly against both Windthorst (55-34) and Seymour (62-22).
The icy conditions last week came at the worst time for Nocona heading into the week playing the two toughest teams in the district. Even with the Lady Indians picking up one-sided wins against both, coming into the game with limited practice time and the team’s routine disrupted was a good situation for Nocona to finally play flat.
Instead the Lady Indians just reaffirmed their dominance.
Traveling to Windthorst on Friday night, the Lady Trojans hung with Nocona for a quarter as the Lady Indians led only 18-12 after one.
Nocona’s defense then held Windthorst to only four points in the second quarter and the team was off to the races.
The Lady Indians were able to comfortably win the game against the still stake-ranked Lady Trojans 55-34 that guaranteed them a district title for the fifth straight season.

Saint Jo vs Forestburg
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers won at Forestburg on Friday night.
The Lady Panthers won 69-34 against the young Lady Horns.
The icy conditions meant both teams were out of practice and it showed early on.
The Lady Horns played the next day to against Gold-Burg.

Gold-Burg vs Forestburg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears hosted Forestburg on Saturday.
The Lady Bears won 51-19 against the Lady Horns.
Gold-Burg was led by Sadie Weaver who scored 16 points while Madison Fulmer was second with 10 points.
It was a good win for Gold-Burg since it had lost a close game the previous night at Prairie Valley.
Forestburg was led by Madisen Deason who scored seven points while Braylee Briles was second with five points.

Prairie Valley vs Gold-Burg
It was a close game between Prairie Valley and Gold-Burg on Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs won in overtime 50-47 in a game that was important for both teams.
Senior Carmen Gomez led the way for Prairie Valley with 20 points while Makaylee Gomez was second with 14. The team got a boost during overtime from Linzie Priddy who scored all five of her points during the extra period.
Coach Seth Stephens thought its was an all around team effort despite getting some good individual performances on offense.
For Gold-Burg, Sadie Weaver led the team with 16 points. Twins Shadie and Sadie Whitaker scored 11 and 10 points to help lead the Lady Bears.

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Jackrabbits lose at CV, beat Henrietta

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The Bowie Jackrabbits had two wildly different games on Friday and Saturday.
The Jackrabbits lost at City View 58-41 and then blew out Henrietta at home 67-28 the next day.
Bowie was hoping it could have a good performance against a Mustang team that has won the past several years. The Jackrabbits thought they could compete well with City View this year, but did not shoot the ball well in the first game while getting burned by the Mustangs perimeter players from outside.
Unfortunately, Bowie did not get off to a promising start.
The Mustangs big, athletic front line was getting into the lane and causing havoc for the Jackrabbits, getting second chance points and getting to the free throw line. Bowie was not keeping up offensively as the team was down 20-6 after the first quarter.
The Jackrabbits did turn things around in the second quarter. They turned up the pressure on defense and shots that were not going in were now falling as Bowie got back into the game.
City View went into halftime up only 29-23.
After the Mustangs came out swinging in the third quarter to restablish a double-digit lead, it was all the Jackrabbits could do but keep the game within reach trailing 42-32 heading into the final period.
Unfortunately, Bowie could not score enough to make up the difference while the Mustangs continued to score at a pace that made a comeback attempt unlikely as time ticked away.
In the end, City View won 58-41.

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