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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bowie girls rally past Rider

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By ERIC VICCARO

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The Bowie High School girls’ basketball team struggled in the first quarter against Conference 5A Wichita Falls Rider.
However, Bowie held Rider to single digit points in all three final quarters as the Lady Rabbits defeated the Lady Raiders 47-39 on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Bowie and Rider have formed one of the better non-district girls’ basketball rivalries in recent years, which included the pair of teams facing each other in the Fantasy of Lights Tournament championship just last year.
The Lady Rabbits improved to 2-0 heading into this weekend’s Fantasy of Lights Tournament at Wichita Falls. Due to a limited number of teams, this year’s event features a round-robin format.
“I think we played well in the second half,” said Bowie head coach Chuck Hall. “We were fortunate they stopped making some of the shots they had made in the first half.”
Hall said the Lady Rabbits didn’t change the style of defense they played; rather it came down to not allowing any lob passes down into the post – which hurt Bowie in the opening half. Read more, and see the complete box score, in the Nov. 26 Bowie News.

Bowie’s Kamryn Cantwell plays tough defense on Wichita Falls Rider during Tuesday’s non-district game here in Bowie. The Lady Rabbits topped the Lady Raiders, 47-39. (News photo by Eric Viccaro) 

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Forestburg Boys Interview

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Interview with Forestburg basketball players Talan Jones (left) and Kyler Willett following their bi-district playoff win against Newcastle on Feb. 20, 2024.
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Nocona Boys Interview

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Interview with Nocona basketball players Brady McCasland (left) and Conley Kleinhans following their bi-district playoff win against Haskell on Feb. 19, 2024.
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Saint Jo beats Bellevue in play-in game for 3rd place

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Devin Stewart scored 22 points for Saint Jo and helped the Panthers beat Bellevue on Friday night.

The Saint Jo Panthers were able to bounce back and beat Bellevue on Friday night in Bowie to earn the third seed in district play.
The Panthers won 69-51 against a hot Eagles team coming into the game.
Bellevue had won the last four district games heading into the game, including a dominant win against Saint Jo just the previous week.
The Eagles comeback win against second seed Forestburg earlier in the week clutched at least a playoff spot, with a play-in game against the Panthers for the third seed.
The first quarter was competitive as Bellevue led 15-12 as the Eagles had five different players score at least one point.
The Panthers answered back in the second quarter, scoring 22 points as the team got a big lift from Devin Stewart who scored nine points during that period.
Bellevue kept up, scoring 16 points even as it fell behind a little bit.
Saint Jo led 35-31 at halftime.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, limiting the Eagles to only one basket and some free throw attempts as Bellevue scored seven points.
Saint Jo got a big boost from Barrett Johnson, who scored 10 of his team’s 14 points as the Panthers lead extended.
Saint Jo led 49-38 heading into the final period.
While the Eagles scored a bit better in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, it was not enough to keep up with the Panthers. Saint Jo went 12-16 from the free throw line in the final period alone, which helped the team score 20 points and pull further ahead.
The Panthers won 69-51.

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

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