The Nocona Lady Indians showed out in their home opener on Friday against Graham.
The Lady Indians won 72-24 showing why they are a pre-season top 10 team in the state.
Nocona won its season opener against City View leaning heavily on its two returning starters and ball handlers on offense Megyn Meekins and Skyler Smith.
Against Graham the rest of the team, half of which are new to varsity, got in on the action too.
The first quarter was actually competitive. The Lady Blues post player was the tallest on the floor and had good touch to score around the basket.
She also was a deterrent in the lane on defense.
With few fouls getting called, driving into the lane usually led to blocks or toughly contested shots.
Nocona still pushed the ball every time it could with long outlet passes that provided several of its baskets and allowed it to take a 16-10 lead after the first quarter.
While the Lady Indian post players Sydnee Mowry and Avery Crutsinger were not as tall, they were challenged to stick more closely onto Graham’s leading scorer and not allow her to catch a ball cleanly without a fight.
This led to more stops from Nocona on defense which then led to more chances in transition to push the ball. With many teams not ready for full court outlet passes and with one girl always looking to leak out ahead of an unsuspecting defense, the Lady Indians quickly grabbed control of the game as the lead grew to double-digits.
Nocona led 34-17 heading into halftime and it would only get worse for Graham in the second half.
All of the running in transition seemed to drain all of the offensive energy out of Graham in the second half. Nocona allowed only seven points in final two quarters combined.
All of those stops then fed into transition opportunities, which were more numerous than in the first half. Not taking their foot off the gas until the final minute, the Lady Indians won by nearly 50 points, 72-24.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
Area schools run at Alvord
There were five different area schools running at Alvord’s Wyatt Dickerson Invitational on Wednesday.
Both Nocona teams finished second overall as the highest finishes for area teams that day.
The Lady Indians were led by Bayler Smith who finished second overall with a time of 12:38. The team’s top five runners also included Melissa Segura finishing fourth, Jolie Rose finishing 13th, Jayce Rose finishing 33rd and Ayden Patton finishing 37th.
On the Nocona boy’s team, Claudio Segura led the team by finishing fifth overall with a time of 19:03.
The Indians top five runners that counted towards team points also included Ivan Vera (9th), Andrew Perez (22nd), Karson Kleinhans (23rd) and Freddy Duran (29th).
The Bowie Jackrabbits finished sixth as a team in the same race. They were led by Alex Castro who finished eighth overall with a time of 19:09. The top five runners also included Liam Pearson finishing 19th, Monte Mayfield finishing 62nd, Isaiah Willett finishing 67th and Austin Jones finishing 74th.
The only Bowie girl runner, Samara McChesney, ran in the JV race and finishing ninth overall with a time of 15:17.
The Prairie Valley Bulldog team finished eighth overall. Josh Stout was the top runner for the team finishing 13th with a time of 19:35. The team’s top five runners also included Luckacey Peters (31st), Jayton Jones (35th), Hunter Camden (75th) and Dale Neugebauer (85th).
The Lady Bulldog team was one runner short of having enough for a team total. Linzie Priddy was the top runner for them, finishing third overall with a time of 12:47. Kasi Phillips, Emma Stout and Christy Anderson finished right after the other 65-67.
The Bellevue girls finished in ninth place as a team. The Lady Eagles were ledy by Brylie Hager who finished 10th overall with a time of 13:05. The team’s top five runners also included Brittany Gill (40th), Kaycee Conner (53rd), Tristan Shook (57th) and Callie Martin (62nd).
The Eagles team finished 11th overall at the meet. Bellevue was led by River Trail who finished 10th overall with a time of 19:16.
The Eagles top five runners also included Brysen Bancroft (64th), Ryan Jones (66th), Jayson Gill (83rd) and Braden Moore (86th).
Forestburg had one runner in each race represent its school. Bret Briles finished 47th overall with a time of 21:30. Justynne Roller finished 49th overall in her race with a time of 14:48.
To see results for all varsity high school runners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
The Nocona Lady Indians won their seventh match in a row with a win against Christ Academy at home on Tuesday.
The Lady Indians won with little trouble in straight sets against the private school.
Nocona won with set scores being 25-17, 25-22 and 25-15.
Aubree Kleinhans led the team with nine digs, while Bailey Waters had team high four blocks and Graci Brown had two.
Skyler Smith led the team with 16 assists and three service aces while second with nine kills.
Meg Meekins had a team high 15 kills and was second with 12 assists.
Nocona is most recently ranked 13th in the state in 2A in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
The team is next scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Collinsville.
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers won their final non-district game before district on Tuesday at Poolville.
The Lady Panthers won a back-and-forth five-set match against the 2A Lady Monarchs.
Saint Jo lost the first set 25-19, but came back to win set two in close fashion 25-23 to tie the match up at 1-1.
For sets three and four it was a feeling of déjà vu. Poolville won set three 25-18 before the Lady Panthers won another tight set four 25-23 to force a fifth and final set.
It was back and forth throughout and event went past the 15-point mark as neither team could pull ahead by two. In the end, it was Saint Jo that won 17-15 and the match 3-2.
Coach Kelly Skidmore credited her blockers disrupting the Lady Monarchs best hitters.
Aubrey Morman had eight blocks, Cara Vogel had three and Kamron Skidmore had one.
Saint Jo is next scheduled to host Forestburg at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26.
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs lost a tough match at home on Tuesday against Bryson.
The Lady Bulldogs fought tough, but lost 3-1 against the Cowgirls.
Almost every set could have gone either way, which made the result a tough pill to swallow.
Bryson the first two sets 25-23 and 25-21 to go up 2-0.
Prairie Valley came back to win set three 25-19 to force a fourth, hoping it could force a fifth set if it wanted to come back and win.
Unfortunately, the Cowgirls won another close set, winning the fourth 25-22 and the match 3-1.
Kai Cearly led the team with 10 kills and was second with five service aces and six assists. Linzie Priddy had a team high eight aces while getting nine kills and 13 digs.
Emma Stout had a team high 14 assists and Kennedy Stone led the team with 16 digs.
Coach Seth Stephens was proud of his team’s effort, but knew the small things were what led to the team not pulling out some of the closer sets.
“We allowed ourselves to get behind early and often, and although I was happy that we battled back to keep the sets close, we need to try and stay focused throughout the match to play a little bit more consistently, so we can start winning some of these close matches,” Stephens said.
Prairie Valley starts district this week and is next set to travel to Gold-Burg to play at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26.
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears lost to Wichita Christian on Tuesday.
The private school Lady Stars won in straight sets against the Lady Bears.
Gold-Burg fell behind early in set one, but came back strong to make it competitive. WC ended up winning the set 25-19, but Coach Cheryl Cromleigh thought it was some of the best her team has played all season.
Unfortunately, serve errors and other issues meant sets two (25-10) and three (25-7) was not as close.
Gold-Burg opens district at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26 at home against Prairie Valley.
The Forestburg Lady Horns lost a tough match at Garner on Tuesday.
Garner won in straight sets against Forestburg 3-0.
Garner has won matches against some of the good 1A programs in the area, so it was tough matchup for Forestburg. Garner won with set scores being 25-9, 25-15 and 25-11.
Coach Kayla Firth thought her team did not play as well as it has shown it could.
“I think we started off a little flat and we weren’t as aggressive as we usually are, but we definitely had some successes,” Firth said. “Some of the players were rotating into new positions on the court and we adapted quickly to the changes.”
Forestburg starts off district this week and is next scheduled to play at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Saint Jo.
Missing scores from Bellevue, whose coach did not get scores into the newspaper by the deadline.
Bowie tennis loses to Graham
The Bowie tennis team took on Graham at home on Tuesday afternoon right before the storm came.
The Jackrabbits lost to the Steers 16-3 in a dual that was tough in all of matches for Bowie.
The Jackrabbits just missed out on winning its first dual of the season the previous week against Hirschi. Playing another bigger and more experienced program like Graham on Tuesday, Bowie did not fair as well.
The winning matches for the Jackrabbits came in boys and girl’s doubles along with one girls’ singles match.
The number one girls’ doubles team, Heidi Siebert and Lily Hodges, won a tough match 8-6.
On the boys’ side, third position doubles team Alex Castro and Brooks Gray had to go to a tie-breaker and just barely escaped with a win 9-8.
The final victory of the day for Bowie came from Alyssa Airington in girl’s singles. Playing in the fourth position, she won a tight match 8-6 to give the Jackrabbits the third victory of the day.
Unfortunately, the team could not get any more wins on the board.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
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