Both Bowie basketball teams win at Jacksboro
The Bowie basketball teams played and won at Jacksboro on Friday night to pick up important wins in district play.
The Lady Rabbits won 47-24 while the Jackrabbits battled for a close 42-36 win.
The Bowie girl’s team wanted to keep its place at second in the district and while it was favored against Jacksboro, the Lady Tigers did have one big advantage.
Jacksboro’s tall post player Erin Jonas in the past has been called one of the more skilled players in the district by Bowie Coach Matthew Miller. One of the areas this Lady Rabbits team lacks the most is height.
Still, Bowie has been able to overcome that shortcoming all season in certain matchups by playing fast and putting pressure on opposing ball handlers on defense so entry passes into the post are more difficult.
It was a fast paced first quarter with the Lady Rabbits scoring at will as Ziba Robbins scored 13 of the team’s 18 points in the quarter. Jacksboro had answers offensively with four different players making one basket, but Bowie still led 18-11 after the first quarter.
The Lady Rabbits grew a bit more diverse on offense as Robbins cooled down, but they still scored at a good pace in the second quarter putting up 14 points.
More importantly, Bowie shut down the Lady Tigers holding them to four points. The Lady Rabbits led 32-15 going into halftime.
Bowie’s offense slowed down in the second half, scoring 10 points in the third quarter and only five in the fourth quarter. This was alright because the Lady Rabbits continued to play lights out defense, holding Jacksboro to nine total points in the second half.
Bowie easily won 47-24.
Robbins led the team with 21 points and five steals. Maddie Mandela was second with 14 points while grabbing a team high 10 rebounds along with three assists. Kayleigh Crow added six points and five rebounds from the post area.
The Jackrabbits were in a different boat coming into the game. They had lost earlier in the week against an Iowa Park team it had beaten in the first round and had one of Bowie’s worst shooting performances of the season. Surely a blowout win against a Tigers’ team that was 1-6 in district would get the team back on track.
Instead it was a tough game from start to until the close finish.
The first half saw the Tigers come out in a matchup zone defense that made movement difficult. Besides making four 3-pointers, including 11 points from A.J. Whatley, the Jackrabbits struggled make many baskets in the first half.
Jacksboro led 25-18 at halftime and things were not looking much better from the previous game.
Bowie turned things up in the second half on both sides of the ball which led to more free throw attempts and points near the basket thanks to turnovers.
The Tigers scored only 11 points in the second half which allowed the Jackrabbits to take the lead in the end.
Bowie won 42-36.
Whatley led the team with 15 points while Brody Armstrong was second with 12 points.
The win keeps the Jackrabbits in the playoff hunt as several teams have roundabout losses to each other.
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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