The Nocona Lady Indians finished the first round of district with another dominant win, this time at Olney on Friday night.
The state-ranked, undefeated Lady Indians won 62-31 against the Lady Cubs.
Nocona was coming off a win against possibly its toughest district challenger in Windthorst.
Olney only had one district win in the first round, so there might not have been much excitement heading into the game.
The Lady Cubs took advantage in the first quarter, holding the high power Nocona offense to just seven points and leading 11-7.
The Lady Indians adjusted to the slower pace and was able to create some transition opportunities thanks to improved defensive play.
Nocona more than doubled its first quarter total scoring 16 points in the second quarter and taking a small, but important 23-19 lead at halftime.
The defensive pressure was upped even more in the second half as the Lady Indians allowed only 12 points from Olney in the final two quarters.
Nocona’s offense took off as the game went along. The team nearly doubled its first half total in the third quarter and finished strong scoring 17 in the fourth quarter as the game got out of reach.
In the end, the Lady Indians won 62-31 to limit the memories of the bad start to the game.
Megyn Meekins led the team with 25 points and five assists. Skyler Smith was second with 14 points and led the team with eight rebounds. Sydnee Mowry nearly joined the pair in double-figures by scoring nine points.
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears won possibly their biggest game of the season by upsetting Midway at home on Friday night.
The Lady Bears won 42-34 against a Lady Falcons team that was sitting in third place after the first round of district play.
Gold-Burg was down six points at halftime, but after some adjustments started the second half by going on a 15-1 run.
“I was so happy the girls responded so well to the adjustments and we really stepped up and shot the ball well,” Coach Cheryl Cromleigh said. “It was an awesome, awesome win. Our defense was the difference. Several girls shot the ball well and it was great team win.”
Forestburg vs Bellevue
The Bellevue Lady Eagles won a big game on the road at Forestburg on Friday night.
The Lady Eagles won 40-17 against the under-manned Lady Horn team.
Bellevue got a big boost offensively with freshman Tristan Shook making four 3-pointers in the game. Coach John McGee was more proud of how his defense played, hoping the way the team played can lead into the second half of district play.
The Lady Horns struggled to make shots or make the most of their free throw opportunities. Braylee Briles led the team with six points and two blocks. Allie Cisneros was second with five points and Madisen Deason scored four. Deason and Cisneros each grabbed a team high 11 rebounds.
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers lost against state-ranked Slidell on Friday at home.
The Lady Greyhounds won 61-30 against the young Lady Panthers team according to MaxPreps.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
1A boys basketball all-district selections made
The area 1A all-district boy’s basketball lists have been released with the state tournament wrapping up a few weeks ago.
Slidell and Midway finished first and second in the district standings again meaning their players got many of the superlative and first team awards, but area players were still honored where they could be.
Third place Saint Jo had three first team selections with leading scorers Kile Thurman, Brice Durham and Collin Thomas. Devin Stewart earned second team honors while Dylan Brockman, Josh Vogel and Lee Yeley were honorable mention selections.
Prairie Valley got the final playoff spot and leading scorer Tyler Winkler earned the district’s offensive most valuable player award. Eli Croxton earned second team honors while Tyson Easterling, Dakota Fore and Trae Campbell earned honorable mention selections.
Bellevue had two first team all-district selections in Kason Roper and Jayson Gill. Leland Sims, Gavin Parr and Brayden Moore were named honorable mention.
Forestburg had post player Kyler Willett earn second team honors. Jesse Wadsworth, Jesus Sanchez and Nathan Payne were given honorable mention honors.
Gold-Burg guard Jayon Grace earned second team all-district. Aidan Foster, Rykir Evans and Jack Henry were named honorable mention.
The full list for each school as well as the academic all-district selections is in the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
Saint Jo teams have rough spring break week
Saint Jo softball
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers lost two tough games against 2A Muenster and Tioga on Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Hornets won 16-1 and the Lady Bulldogs won 19-1 against the young Lady Panthers team.
While it is district play, these games against 2A opponents will not count against Saint Jo when it comes to district standings or postseason seeding for 1A teams.
Muenster did most of its damage in the first inning putting up 15 runs. The Lady Panthers then prevented the Lady Hornets from scoring in the second inning before scoring in the third inning. Payzlie Cervantes led off with a double and Taylor Patrick then drove her in with a single to prevent Saint Jo from getting shut out.
Muenster then scored one run to end the game by run rule 16-1.
Saint Jo baseball
The Saint Jo baseball team lost a tough rematch at Alvord on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs won 7-0 against the Panthers.
Though it was disappointing for Saint Jo to lose again to 2A Alvord, Saint Jo did lose the previous week against the Bulldogs 14-1, so there was improvement.
The Panthers were only able to get five base runners on the entire game and had only three hits, with two coming from C Henson and the other from Mathew Butler-Everson.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
Nocona softball drops two district games
The Nocona Lady Indians lost two district games on the road this week at Lindsay and Collinsville.
The Lady Indians lost a high scoring game 16-11 at Lindsay, before losing 19-4 by run rule at Collinsville.
Nocona was coming off a morale boosting run rule win against Era the following week. While the Lady Indians bats kept their same fire from that game, against the Lady Knights their defense was rough.
Lindsay scored at lead one run in all six innings it batted in. Nocona scored in bunches as well, but had scoreless innings in the third, fifth and seventh innings as it was playing catch up after the second inning until the end of the game.
Tobie Cable led the team with four RBIs and a home run and was even walked three times to prevent her from dealing more damage. Skye Kirby and Allie Sutton drove in two runs each as well while Avery Crutsinger had a team high three base hits.
As a team Nocona had 12 hits in the game and also drew 12 walks.
Unfortunately, Lindsay had 17 hits, with six being extra base hits. Combined with seven errors on defense, it was a recipe for a lot of runs to come through on just about any ball that was hit into play and Nocona could not keep up.
To read about the Collinsville game, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
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