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Bowie boy’s lose play-in game at the buzzer

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The Bowie Jackrabbits lost a heartbreaker on Friday night at the buzzer in their third game against Holliday this year.
The Eagles shot rattled in at the buzzer to give them the edge 53-52 against the Jackrabbits to earn the second seed heading into the playoffs.
Both teams knew what they were getting into heading into the game. The first game was won 47-45 thanks to a Jackrabbit buzzer-beater at home in January. The rematch at Holliday had less dramatics, but was still close. That time the Eagles won 48-42.
Both teams knew each other well now and with the teams so evenly matched it would come down to the small details or plays made that day.
The first quarter saw Holliday initially get out in front. The Jackrabbits tried to bring more traps with their defense in order to force the Eagles to commit to attacking earlier than they would like.
Holliday fell for it some times which sped the game up more to Bowie’s tempo. Still, the Eagles controlled the quarter, leading 12-6 at one point by attacking mismatches on offense with post ups.
The Jackrabbits were able to close out with two baskets to cut the lead to 12-10 heading into the second quarter.
Bowie took control of the game by bringing more of a full-court press to go along with the trapping. Outside of giving up several free throw attempts, the defense did the job for the Jackrabbits to also score more.
It was the best offensive quarter for the team in the game as six different players scored baskets and Bowie led at one point 25-18.
Holliday closed the quarter out by cutting the lead to one basket 25-22, but the Jackrabbits still had the momentum with how they were playing offensively.
The good times did not last into the second half though. The two teams went back and forth for most of the quarter as both teams got great individual scoring efforts.
Bowie’s Cade Thompson scored 10 of his team’s 12 points in the quarter as no defender seemed to be able to stay in front of him, which gave him room to make some pull-up mid-range shots.
For Holliday, Hayden Strealy scored nine points in the post or around the basket as it seemed no one could stop him when he caught the ball 10 feet or closer.
The Eagles were able to get some more scoring from other players as they closed the quarter on a 7-2 run to go up 41-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Bowie was able to tie the score up 42-42 in the first two minutes of the final period and it was back and forth until the end of the game with five lead changes.
Holliday was in the bonus and made a free throw to go up 46-44. Bowie answered with Brody Armstrong scoring on an layup plus the foul, making the free throw to put the Jackrabbits up 47-46.
Holliday then scored five points on a post up play and a 3-pointer to go up 51-47. Thompson then made a 3-pointer of his own to cut the score to one point 51-50 with 1:10 remaining in the game.
Bowie’s Logan Hutson then got the ball for the Jackrabbits with a steal with 50 seconds left.
After a long possession and a missed 3-pointer from the Jackrabbits, Armstrong got the offensive rebound and put it back in to give Bowie the lead 52-51 with 22 seconds left.
After advancing the ball to half court and several time outs, Holliday ran the final play.
A mid-range spinning jump shot missed from Eagles point guard Jaxx Johnson, but Strealy got the offensive rebound on the baseline.
He passed the ball back out to Johnson who had a lane to the basket.
Bowie’s Tucker Jones stepped up to try and draw a charge. Johnson knocked him down as he put up the floater. The ball rattled in as the buzzer sounded, giving Holliday the win 53-52.

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Baseball Roundup

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Nocona vs Saint Jo
The Nocona Indians won both games in their double-header against Saint Jo on Thursday.
The Indians won game one 21-5 and then game two 12-1 after four and half innings.
With the bad weather earlier in the week and the busy spring schedule, the two schools agreed to a double-header on the unusual day instead of two games on different days like normal.
Last year, the smaller 1A Panthers had easily beaten Nocona in the games. This year, the Indians got some revenge.
Nocona was up 8-0 after the first two innings, but Saint Jo did a good job of hold the Indians scoreless for the next three. The Panthers scored one run on offense during this time to catch up a bit even though they still trailed 8-3.
The Nocona bats picked back up at the end, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to go up 13-3.
Saint Jo needed to score at least one run to prevent the game from ending early. The Panthers came through with two runs to go to the seventh and final inning.
The Indians got rolling, scoring eight runs to make the final score laughable. Saint Jo’s bats could not answer and Nocona won 21-5.
The second game started and the Panthers led 1-0 after the first inning. Unfortunately for Saint Jo, the Indian offense woke up in the second inning and scored nine runs to break the game open.
Nocona added three runs in the third inning and coasted to win after four and half innings 12-1.

Missing scores
The Bellevue baseball team has not updated it scores from its previous game on the GameChanger app.

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Softball Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians lost at Collinsville on Monday in a game that got away from them.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3, but with the Lady Indians committing six fielding errors, half the runs given up were unearned.
Nocona was down 3-0 after the first two innings before its bats picked things up in the third inning.
With two runners on base and one out, Abby Hill hit a double that scored one run. Tinley Cable followed and hit a fly out to center field, but it was deep enough to get another run home after tagging up.
The Lady Indians trailed 3-2.
Nocona just could not keep Collinsville off the board however. The Lady Pirates scored at least one run in every inning, with two runs in the second and fourth innings.
The Lady Indians were down 8-2 heading into the final inning and tried to stage a late game rally.
With two runners on base and one out, Skye Kirby grounded out to the shortstop for an out, but it drove one run home. Unfortunately, the next batter flew out to center field for out three to end the game.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3.

Missing scores
Saint Jo scores from its previous two games are not on the GameChanger app.

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Bowie baseball loses to Iowa Park

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It was a game to forget for the Bowie Jackrabbits baseball team on Wednesday against Iowa Park.
The Hawks won 13-1 in six innings to win by run-rule against the Jackrabbits.
Bowie was coming off a competitive, but losing effort against Jacksboro, but knew Iowa Park would be just as tough or better with the Hawks sitting in second place in the district standings.
The Jackrabbits had lost the first game at Iowa Park in 7-3, with most of the action happening in the later innings, so they knew they could play with the Hawks. Unfortunately, Bowie did not show it on Wednesday.
Iowa Park scored three runs in the opening inning to grab a lead it would never let go. It forced the Jackrabbits to change pitchers to get out of the inning after giving up two doubles, a single, two walks and a hit batter.
Down 3-0, Bowie showed some fight in the same inning. Rayder Mann took advantage of a dropped third strike to get on base with one out. Troy Kesey hit a double and Seth Mann drew a walk to load the bases up.
After a strikeout, Hayden Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, which allowed one run to some in and score to cut the lead to 3-1.
Iowa Park scored one run in the second inning, but it was the third inning that broke the game open.
Seven walks, two singles and a hit batter allowed the Hawks to score six runs to up their lead to 10-1. Bowie cycled through three pitchers during the inning.
While the Jackrabbit bats did have several chances to score with runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, the chances dried up as the game went along.
Iowa Park scored three runs on three singles and a double in the sixth inning to go up 13-1.
Bowie would need to score at least three runs to prevent the game from stopping early.
Unfortunately, despite a one out drawn walk, the Jackrabbits did not threaten to score and the game did end early.
Iowa Park won 13-1.

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