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Jackrabbits beat Alvord 47-35

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The Bowie Jackrabbits got a good win against Alvord on Friday in their last game before district play starts.
The Jackrabbits easily won 47-35 in a game they could have won by more if Bowie shot the ball better.
After a bye game earlier in the week, the Jackrabbits knew it was their last chance to get things right before this week’s start to district play.
The Bulldogs are a solid team, but Bowie showed it was in another class early in the game. Taking advantage of Alvord’s zone defense the Jackrabbits crashed the offensive glass to grab rebounds and get extra chances to score.
Also Bowie set up some half court trapping on defense that produced steals and some transition opportunities. The Jackrabbits led 15-7 after the first quarter.
The Bulldogs showed some grit early in the second quarter, cutting the lead to one basket 17-15.
That would be as competitive as the game ever got as Bowie closed the quarter on a 14-4 run to take a comfortable 31-19 lead at halftime.
The highlight of the game happened in the second quarter when Andrew Sandhoff collected a steal on Bowie’s end, dribbled the ball between the legs of an opposing player before pushing the ball in transition and finally passing the ball behind his back to Jax Williams for an open layup on the fast break.
The second half seemed more like a drag than it did in the first half on the offensive end. The Jackrabbits were subbing in everyone off the bench with the game looking like it was wrapped up comfortably.
The defense did not waver as Alvord scored less than it did in the first half. Bowie was getting good shots as guys were driving the lane and making smart passes back out for better shots. Unfortunately, just not a lot of scoring happened for the Jackrabbits in the second half.
At one point the Bulldogs cut the lead to 10 points 42-32 with 5:30 left to play in the game. One more basket would cut the lead to single-digits and possibly force the Jackrabbits to start taking the game a bit more seriously with their substitutions.
That never happened and Bowie won 47-35.

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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