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Nocona beats Lady Rabbits 41-33

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The Nocona Lady Indians were able to bounce back in the second half to beat rival Bowie on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Indians won 41-33 against the Lady Rabbits to stay first place in the district heading into their final regular season game.
Nocona came into the game as the favorites as the undefeated district leader as well as being ranked 12th in the state. Bowie showed in the first game it had no fear, pushing the Lady Indians at home and making the game closer than the final score 60-52 would have people believe.
The Lady Rabbits were playing in their final regular season game before heading into the playoffs. Outside of school pride, a win would give Bowie the slight chance to possibly move up to second in the district standings if City View would have upset Holliday.
The first quarter was low scoring and competitive. The Lady Indians took a page from their adjustment late in the first game and were denying Bowie’s Maddie Mandela the ball when she did not have it. They also tried to do it to Taygon Jones, but were less successful since she usually brought the ball up.
They both scored a basket in the first quarter along with Neely Price and Ziba Robbins off the bench.
The Lady Indians also got their own taste of it with Bowie trying to deny Megyn Meekins. She scored four points as four different players scored a basket for Nocona as the team led 11-9 after the first quarter.
Bowie’s defense did a better job in the second quarter, allowing only an early basket from Stephany Gutierrez and a long 3-pointer at the buzzer from Raylee Sparkman the entire quarter.
The Lady Rabbits did not have much luck scoring themselves, getting 3-pointers from Mandela and Price while also getting Kayleigh Crow off the bench to score on a 3-point play.
This allowed Bowie to take the lead 18-16 heading into halftime against a bewildered Nocona team.
The Lady Indians started to be more team friendly on offense in the third quarter as the ball moved more. This allowed Nocona to score off of off the ball movement as opposed to isolations.
Bowie was still making the Lady Indians work for every basket, but unfortunately for the Lady Rabbits their own offense was stuck in the mud.
Jones was able to brute force her way into a layup and free throw attempts to score four points and Addie Farris made both of her free throw attempts, but nothing else happened offensively for Bowie.
Nocona retook the lead, but it was still close 27-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Early in the final period saw the Lady Indians offense showed flashes of what they did to opponents. Back-to-back sequence saw Nocona’s Reagan Phipps leak out early and score on uncontested layups in transition following a miss.
With a couple of more baskets from Raylee Sparkman and Karlee Brown, Nocona opened up its lead to 36-26 with 5:30 left to play. Not long after the Lady Indians started to stall.
With out a lot of fouls called in the half this meant Bowie had to foul several times before it started to send Nocona to the free throw line. While also trying to steal the ball, this took a lot of time off the clock.
During this time, Mandela fouled out for Bowie with three minutes still to play.
The Lady Rabbits made a late 3-pointer and Nocona did not do a great job of making its free throws late in the game, but it was enough to close out the game with little drama.
The Lady Indians won 41-33.

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

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Summer basketball camps are coming this week

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Basketball camps will be split up from boys and girls at both Bowie and Nocona camps next week. Both are scheduled for May 28-30 and will accept walk-ups.

With summer starting up, the first few days can be spent with kids spending some time learning basketball fundamentals and having fun at either Bowie or Nocona.
For Bowie kids, both boy and girl camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $60 per camper. School employs will have to pay $50.
There will be two sessions for younger and older kids.
For the girl’s camp, incoming 2-5th graders will make up the younger kid session which will be at the junior high from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The older session will be incoming 6-9th graders which will be at the high school from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The boy’s camp will have incoming campers from kindergarten to 5th grade in the first session at the junior high from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The older session for incoming 6-9th graders will be scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.
Both camp registration forms can be found on the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
Walk-ups on the first day also will be available.
Any questions can be emailed to Ryan Dykes at [email protected] for the boys camp and Matthew Miller at [email protected] for the girls camp.
For Nocona kids, both boy and girl basketball camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $50 per camper.
The girl’s basketball camp will have incoming 5-9th graders in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to noon. The younger session of incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be at the elementary school gym from 1-3 p.m.
The boy’s basketball camp will have oncoming 5-9th graders at the elementary school gym from 9-11 a.m. The incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be in the high school gym from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information on how to sign up ahead of time, email Kyle Spitzer at [email protected] for the girls camp and Brody Wilson at [email protected] for the boys camp.

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Gold-Burg Sports Awards

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Gold-Burg hosted its high school awards banquet on May 16. Jayon Grace was chosen for the boy’s Iron Bear award, given to the best overall athlete by Coach Christian Healer.

To see pictures of all of the team award winners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Bellevue starting a powerlifting program

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Carrington Davis, a 2019 Bowie graduate, competed at the state level in powerlifting in high school. She will draw on that experience as well as her time being a powerlifting judge as she prepares to lead Bellevue High School in the new sport. (Photo by Kim Seigler)

Bellevue High School is planning on adding another sport next school year and a new hire was the catalyst.
Carrington Davis thought she was just going in to interview for the open elementary teacher position. During the interview, Principal Lori Shoemaker brought up her powerlifting past.
Davis, a 2019 graduate from Bowie, spent all four years in high school lifting on top of playing softball, doing well enough to make it to the state meet every year and earning fifth and second place medals her last two seasons.
Since then, while going to college at Midwestern State University, she has stayed in the powerlifting world by serving as a judge at meets the last five years.
“I think it changes your perspective on the sport,” Davis said. “When you are an athlete you know the lift, but you are kind of behind this curtain. Being a judge opens you up to all of the other things. You get to see which coaches know the sport more than others. I honestly think being a judge will help me in the competition part of it more than me having been a lifter.”
That kind of experience was what interested Shoemaker in proposing Davis head the start of the Eagles’ powerlifting program.
“We have a large group of kids who are built for powerlifting and we are excited to see what they make of it with them coming into high school,” Shoemaker said.
Davis graduated this month from MSU with her bachelors of science in education degree. She is excited to start the program up, knowing what the sport of powerlifting provided for her and her teammates in high school.
““It is an all-around beneficial sport,” Davis said. “It helps you grow in your skillset, your strength and endurance for any of the other sports you play. Also, it helps with your confidence a lot. It is an individual sport and most kids are used to team sports and maybe getting put on the backburner if they are not the best at something. Powerlifting is a sport where you can showcase your own individual skills. You get out what you put in.”

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

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