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Girls Playoff Roundup

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Bellevue
The Bellevue Lady Eagles’ season came to an end on Tuesday night with their bi-district playoff loss to Newcastle.
The Lady Cats won 39-24 as the lack of depth really hurt the Lady Eagles trying to play catch up for most of the game.
Bellevue came in as a third seed playing Newcastle a second seed. One of the challenges this Lady Eagles team has had all season is playing with only six girls on their roster, in some games only five.
That limited the team from employing its full court press for most of the season to try and preserve energy as well as limit fouls. Some games the team finished playing one player down since they did not have a substitute.
Still, Bellevue did well enough to finish third in district play.
Newcastle did not have those limitations. The Lady Cats also had the height advantage inside with a looming shot blocker that swatted shots away all night.
Newcastle was up in the first quarter as its full-court press tried to wear down Bellevue’s best player Austin Ford and force other girls to score. Callie Martin and Cirstin Allen made a few shots to keep Newcastle’s defense honest.
Bellevue trailed 11-7 after the first quarter.
Fatigue started to become noticeable in the second quarter. The Lady Eagles struggled to score outside of Ford’s five points and they fell further behind 24-12 heading into halftime.
Despite depth issues, Bellevue decided to come out in the third quarter in a full-court press. The Lady Eagles had done a decent job of getting their hands on balls all game long, but could rarely convert these into transition baskets.
Not only did the press now create transition opportunities, but it threw Newcastle off its game.
Bellevue clawed back into the game and trailed only 30-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, that effort seemed to tire the team. The Lady Cats scored quickly off of back-to-back offensive rebounds to push the lead back up to double-digits and Bellevue did not have an answer.
The play got sloppier as the shots were forced as Newcastle knew exactly how to try and defend the Lady Eagles three scorers.
Bellevue had no answer as the Lady Cats pitched a shut out in the fourth quarter on their way to win 39-24.
Ford led the Lady Eagles with 11 points in her final game. Martin was second with seven points.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs return to the playoffs for the first time in nine years was short-lived with their loss to Throckmorton on Tuesday.
The Lady Greyhounds won 36-19, but the Lady Bulldogs competed well in the first half that made Throckmorton sweat.
Prairie Valley was coming off of two down to the wire wins against Gold-Burg the previous week just to get into the playoffs, breaking a nine year drought dating back to 2013.
Throckmorton was the obvious favorite, having gone through its district undefeated.
Still, the Lady Bulldogs had nothing to lose coming off of two great wins.
Prairie Valley actually controlled things in the first quarter and led 11-5.
The Lady Greyhounds were able to swing things in their favor in the second quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs still only trailed 15-14 heading into halftime.
“We went out there to enjoy the moment and have fun and by doing that we were really getting the job done,” Coach Jeannie Carpenter said.
Unfortunately, Throckmorton’s defense came out more aggressive in the second half and the points dried up for Prairie Valley. The Lady Bulldogs could not keep up with the Lady Greyhounds as they would win the game 36-19.
Makaylee Gomes led Prairie Valley with 11 points. Seniors Emily Carpenter and Jaylie O’Neal both scored three points in their final game.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Boy powerlifters compete in final meet before regionals

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Bowie and Nocona boy powerlifters competed in their final regular season meets last week.
The Jackrabbits got third competing at Alvord while the Indians finished fourth at Boyd.
Bowie had six lifters finish in the top five of their weight classes that scored points toward the team total. One lifter ended up winning his weight class.
Robert Zambrano won the 123 class as he lifted a total of 970 pounds. He outdid teammates in the same weight class Gavyn Brown and Shiv Patel who finished second and third.
Cooper McShan finished second in the 132 class as he lifted 935 pounds. Noah Brown was also second, lifting in the 275 class as he finished with a total of 1,315 pounds.
Tripp Brewer finished third in the 198 class, lifting 1,195 pounds.
For Nocona, the team had three lifters finish among the top five in their weight class that went to the team total.
Mitchell Gaston won the 123 class as he finished with a total of 595 pounds.
Kaden Wallace was second in the 114 class as he lifted a total of 525 pounds. Hayden Matthews was fourth in the 242 class as he finished with a total of 1,050 pounds.
Both teams will compete at the boy’s regional meet on March 8 at Decatur, but in different divisions.

To see results for all Bowie and Nocona lifters who completed all three lifts, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie softball goes 3-2 at Archer County tournament

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The Bowie Lady Rabbits had a great first tournament at the Archer County tournament last weekend.
The Lady Rabbits went 3-2 overall during the three days of games.
The young Bowie team was coming off close losses against Archer City and Muenster before the tournament.
The Lady Rabbits again ran into Archer City to start the tournament, only this game saw the Lady Cats run away with the win 10-2 after five innings. KP Rutherford had the team’s only RBI as the team struggled with four hits on offense. Rutherford and Serenity Klump both had tough days on the mound, though they combined for nine strikeouts.
Things turned around in the next game for Bowie against Seymour. The Lady Rabbits dominated 13-2 after four innings, with runs coming in bunches during the first and fourth innings.
Four different players drove in two runs each and four more drove in one run. Chloe Kinney and Rutherford both hit home runs while Sage Gossett hit two triples. Rutherford also allowed only two earned runs on five hits while she struck out 10 batters on the mound.
The next game was against Petrolia and was the most competitive of the tournament so far. Unfortunately, the Lady Pirates won 9-7 as the game was stopped after four innings again.
Sadie Britt led the team with two RBIs while Klump drove in one RBI since five of Bowie’s runs were unearned due to Petrolia errors. Rutherford allowed six earned runs on seven hits while she struck out nine batters.
The Lady Rabbits then got a blowout win against Northside 16-4 in only three innings. Laney Oliver led the team with four RBIs and hit a triple. Rutherford also hit a triple and double while she drove in three runners. Laci Goodwin and Britt drove in two runs each.
On the mound, Kaylie Kinney allowed two earned runs on five while she struck out three batters.
Bowie finished the tournament with another good win, coming against Windthorst in which the Lady Rabbits won 9-1 in five innings. Chloe Kinney led the team with two RBIs while Britt drove in one run as each player finished with three hits. Rutherford hit a solo home run on offense while on the mound she allowed one earned run on four hits while she struck out 11 batters.

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

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Bowie baseball plays at Clyde in first tournament

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The Bowie Jackrabbit baseball team went to its first tournament at Clyde last weekend.
The Jackrabbits 1-1 and tied two games during the two-day tournament.
Bowie came into the game following a big 16-2 win against Mineral Wells earlier in the week, but for a team with so many new faces on and off the field, the tournament was the first extended time the group would have to bond.
The Jackrabbits first played Breckenridge in a back-and-forth contest in which neither team had the lead for very long. In the end, the game finished after five innings tied at 7-7 to keep the tournament on schedule.
Cy Egenbacher led the team with two RBIs while Cooper Hammer had two hits, including a double to lead the team on offense.
On the mound, Cooper Harris and Hunter Rodriguez combined to give up five hits and three earned runs.
The next game was against Graham and the Steers took it to Bowie. Graham won 10-2 after six innings. Edmond DeLeon drove in both of the Jackrabbits runs on a double while Rodriguez had two hits. DeLeon pitched four innings and struck out five while allowing one earned run.
On Saturday, Bowie played against Snyder. The game also ended in an unsatisfying 7-7 tie after five innings. Troy Kesey hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the team. Tucker Jones and DeLeon also drove in two runs on doubles. Trae Seigler pitched four innings and allowed only one hit while striking out two batters.
The Jackrabbits got on the win column in their final game, a 5-0 win against Mineral Wells. DeLeon hit a home run and drove in two runs to lead the team. Kesey drove in a run as well while Boston Farris led the team with three hits and also drove in one run. Kesey pitched four innings and allowed three hits, zero runs and struck out four batters.

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

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