Connect with us

SPORTS

Bowie breaks the Bulldog full-court press

Published

on

The Bowie Jackrabbits passed a big early season test by dominating Burkburnett at home on Tuesday night.
The Jackrabbits won 66-45 and were up by more than that several times in the second half.
This is Bowie’s seventh season in a row playing the Bulldogs. Traditionally a competitive 4A program that makes the playoffs, it has always been a tough draw that has not favored the Jackrabbits during that time.
Bowie has won only once in the past six seasons against the Bulldogs, and it was not the state title team or the team after that one. It was a close 68-64 win in 2020, which was current Jackrabbit Coach Andy Atkins’ second win.
Burkburnett is, if not the first, than the best early season test for Jackrabbit teams on how good its press break is. The Bulldogs feature a lot of good, long athletes and their Coach Danny Nix employs a platoon system to keep them fresh and full-court presses teams all game.
Bowie was coming off a win against Springtown where it saw some press defense and was in the mindset already coming in. With senior ball handlers Brody Armstrong and A.J. Whatley having multiple years of experience coming into the game, the Jackrabbits were ready to attack the press.
Bowie avoided disaster bringing the ball up and carefully worked around the trapping zone defense into its players inside. Bayler Swint and Tucker Jones aren’t the tallest of front court duos, but both took advantage of their teammates passing and looked to finish around the basket. They combined to score 16 of the team’s 20 points in the first quarter as the Jackrabbits led 20-10.
Bowie sat back in a tight zone all game and dared Burkburnett to shoot from outside, not wanting to give up driving lanes. The Bulldogs made five 3-pointers in the game, but it was not enough to make the Jackrabbits change its strategy or come back from the double-digit deficit.
Bowie’s offense got more balanced as its perimeter players started to find holes in the zone and knocking in three 3-pointers in the second quarter. The Jackrabbits didn’t falter even when inexperienced bench players came into the game as they led 38-22 at halftime.
The defense was its most locked in during the third quarter, which allowed some mistakes to not be catastrophic or momentum changing for Bowie. Andrew Sandhoff led the team with seven points during the quarter while Jones added six more points.
The Jackrabbits had a commanding 55-29 lead at the start of the fourth quarter and the bench units got to play out the majority of the rest of the game. It was the only quarter Burkburnett outscored Bowie, but only by 16-11 which allowed the Jackrabbit starters to sit back and cheer on their teammates playing big minutes.
Bowie won easily 66-45.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

Continue Reading

SPORTS

Boys Roundup

Published

on

Nocona
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.

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

Continue Reading

SPORTS

Girls Roundup

Published

on

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.

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

Continue Reading

SPORTS

Jackrabbits lose at CV, beat Henrietta

Published

on

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.

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

Continue Reading
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad

Trending