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Nocona teams both win at Henrietta

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The Nocona basketball teams won at Henrietta on Friday to keep the good times rolling for both teams.
The Lady Indians stayed undefeated as they easily won 65-18 while the Indians controlled an intense game to win 49-38.
The Nocona girls started the game a little sloppy on defense. The Lady Cats scored more than half their points in the first quarter. Still, the Lady Indians run-n-gun offense proved too much as they established an 18-10 lead.
Nocona’s full-court defense started to affect the game in the second quarter and never let up. This prevented Henrietta from establishing much offense while the Lady Indians forced the pace they wanted. Nocona led 30-14 at halftime.
With the game firmly in hand, Coach Kyle Spitzer called off the press and started emptying his bench as soon as midway through the third quarter.
Despite that, the Lady Indians defense was still effective of shutting down the Lady Cats even in the half court.
Nocona continued to try and play fast, but some sequences were a bit sloppy as some turnovers added up.
Still the Lady Indians never were in trouble, allowing Henrietta only four points in the second half as they won 65-18.
The Indians’ game was expected to be a bit more competitive, though Nocona had won the first game by 18 points.
The first quarter was back and forth for most of it. The Indians came through and made three 3-pointers as they established a 15-10 lead.
Early on there was some chipy plays, resulting in a double foul called that led to some pushing.
Henrietta tried to use its size and try and make shots around the basket, but Nocona answered back with tough contests. Midway through the second quarter, the Bearcats had tied the game back up at 18-18, but Indians finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to take control back. Nocona led 26-18 at halftime.
The third quarter was a low scoring quarter for both teams, but it was in the Indians favor.
Henrietta could not buy a basket while missing free throws, while Nocona made a couple of baskets while knocking in all of its free throw attempts.
The Indians led 34-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats tried to dial up the defensive pressure to try and get back in the game with a full court press.
Nocona did not let this affect them at all. While the Indians did not score a lot, every possession ended with a good shot after running some time off the clock.
With nothing to lose, Henrietta started to try and force some quick shots and some finally started to go in. After scoring only three points in the previous quarter, the Bearcats scored 18, including 10 in the final minute and half of the game.
With the pressure not working, Henrietta started intentionally fouling down the stretch to save time.
The game might have started to get close if senior Landry McCasland did not calmly make eight straight free throws down the stretch.
This allowed the end of the game to come with little drama as Nocona won 49-38.

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

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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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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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