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Both Bowie basketball teams win at Jacksboro

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The Bowie basketball teams played and won at Jacksboro on Friday night to pick up important wins in district play.
The Lady Rabbits won 47-24 while the Jackrabbits battled for a close 42-36 win.
The Bowie girl’s team wanted to keep its place at second in the district and while it was favored against Jacksboro, the Lady Tigers did have one big advantage.
Jacksboro’s tall post player Erin Jonas in the past has been called one of the more skilled players in the district by Bowie Coach Matthew Miller. One of the areas this Lady Rabbits team lacks the most is height.
Still, Bowie has been able to overcome that shortcoming all season in certain matchups by playing fast and putting pressure on opposing ball handlers on defense so entry passes into the post are more difficult.
It was a fast paced first quarter with the Lady Rabbits scoring at will as Ziba Robbins scored 13 of the team’s 18 points in the quarter. Jacksboro had answers offensively with four different players making one basket, but Bowie still led 18-11 after the first quarter.
The Lady Rabbits grew a bit more diverse on offense as Robbins cooled down, but they still scored at a good pace in the second quarter putting up 14 points.
More importantly, Bowie shut down the Lady Tigers holding them to four points. The Lady Rabbits led 32-15 going into halftime.
Bowie’s offense slowed down in the second half, scoring 10 points in the third quarter and only five in the fourth quarter. This was alright because the Lady Rabbits continued to play lights out defense, holding Jacksboro to nine total points in the second half.
Bowie easily won 47-24.
Robbins led the team with 21 points and five steals. Maddie Mandela was second with 14 points while grabbing a team high 10 rebounds along with three assists. Kayleigh Crow added six points and five rebounds from the post area.
The Jackrabbits were in a different boat coming into the game. They had lost earlier in the week against an Iowa Park team it had beaten in the first round and had one of Bowie’s worst shooting performances of the season. Surely a blowout win against a Tigers’ team that was 1-6 in district would get the team back on track.
Instead it was a tough game from start to until the close finish.
The first half saw the Tigers come out in a matchup zone defense that made movement difficult. Besides making four 3-pointers, including 11 points from A.J. Whatley, the Jackrabbits struggled make many baskets in the first half.
Jacksboro led 25-18 at halftime and things were not looking much better from the previous game.
Bowie turned things up in the second half on both sides of the ball which led to more free throw attempts and points near the basket thanks to turnovers.
The Tigers scored only 11 points in the second half which allowed the Jackrabbits to take the lead in the end.
Bowie won 42-36.
Whatley led the team with 15 points while Brody Armstrong was second with 12 points.
The win keeps the Jackrabbits in the playoff hunt as several teams have roundabout losses to each other.

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Softball Roundup

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The Nocona Lady Indians beat Saint Jo at home on Saturday morning.
The Lady Indians won 16-1 after four innings due to run-rule against the smaller school.
Nocona was coming off a competitive loss at Collinsville earlier in the week while the Lady Panthers were hoping to compete after a busy week of their athletes doing everything else besides just softball.
The Lady Indians easily won the first matchup between the teams in March, 19-2 and it was more of the same on Saturday.
Saint Jo struck first to start the game off well. Jordyn O’Neal hit a one out single. Krista Reeves followed with a walk after O’Neal had stolen second base and had advanced to third thanks to an error trying to throw her out. A wild pitch then allowed her to score to put the Lady Panthers up 1-0.
The lead did not last long. Nocona’s first two batters drew walks which set up Abby Hill to drive them both in with a single to right field.
Despite giving up a single and a walk later in the inning, Saint Jo’s defense did not allow another run. A line out and groundout to the shortstop while picking off a runner attempting to steal got the Lady Panthers out of the inning unscarred.
The Lady Indians led 2-1.
That was about as competitive as it got. In the second inning, Nocona’s bats got going. Two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases up with no outs.
Reagan Phipps drew a walk that drove in a run. Hill hit another two RBI single. Skye Kirby followed with a two RBI double.
After the first out, Allie Sutton drove in one run with a single. There was a fly out for out two, before a runner came in to score after a passed ball. Finally, an error allowed two more runs to score on the base paths.
Nocona had scored nine runs and led 11-1 to break the game open heading into the third inning.
Taylor Patrick hit a double, with O’Neal and Reeves following with singles. Unfortunately for Saint Jo, Patrick was thrown out before the hits attempting to steal a base so the Lady Panthers scored no runs from this.
The Lady Indians kept pouring on the runs. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases up with no outs. Tinley Cable then hit an RBI single. Shelby Swell was hit by a pitch that drove in another run.
After two strikeouts, Evelyn Marquez drove in two more runs on a double to put Nocona up 15-1, coming up one run short of ending the game early.
The Lady Indians scored that one run in the fourth inning. After Phipps drew a leadoff walk, Hill hit a triple that drove her in to end the game.
Nocona won 16-1.

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Bowie, Nocona compete at area track

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Both Bowie and Nocona track teams competed at the area meets on Thursday, with the Jackrabbits running at Breckenridge and the Indians at Graham.
As a team, the Bowie boys placed sixth overall, the Lady Rabbits finished 14th overall, the Indians got seventh overall and the Lady Indians earned sixth overall.
The Bowie boy’s team had four athletes finish fourth or better to qualify for the regional meet while the Nocona teams had 10 athletes move on.
The Jackrabbits had Case Curry and Tyler Richey gets second and fourth place in the pole vault to move on.
Tucker Jones finished third in the 110 meter hurdles to qualify along with Russell Anderson who also finished third in the 400 meters.
The Lady Rabbits did not have anyone move on, with Harlei Hudson getting sixth in the 100 meters and the 4×200 relay team finishing in eighth place.
From Nocona, both teams had athletes qualify in several events. Defending state champion Graci Brown won both the 400 and 800 meter races. She also anchored the 4×400 relay to second place and earned second in the long jump.
On the boy’s team, Caden Gaston finished first in the long jump, second in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters. Kyle Waters finished fourth in the 400 meters and third in the 800 meters.
Individual qualifiers included Meg Meekins placing fourth in the 200 meters, Cooper Waldrip placing second in the 300 meter hurdles and the boys 4×400 relay team finishing in fourth place.
The regional meets are both scheduled for April 19-20 if weather permits. The Bowie team will compete at Elmer Gray Stadium at Abilene Christian University. The Nocona team will compete at Springtown High School.

Results for all Bowie and Nocona athletes are in the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Lady Rabbits beat Vernon on senior night

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Catcher Chloe Kinney goes to tag a Vernon runner out as she tries to head back to third base.

The Bowie Lady Rabbits won their senior night on Friday against Vernon.
The Lady Rabbits won 10-4 against the Lady Lions.
Bowie was hoping it could play well after a couple of losses where one bad defensive inning had really set the team back. The Lady Rabbits knew it would be a good opportunity as they had beaten Vernon a few weeks back 14-3.
The first two innings saw Bowie’s bats fail to go off and challenge the Lady Lions much. In the second inning, Vernon hit a leadoff single and two fielding errors later allowed one run to score.
Down 1-0 heading into the third inning, the Lady Rabbits started to get hot with their bats following a flawless defensive inning.
After two singles, Serenity Klump drove in two runs with a double to help Bowie take the lead. After getting on third base, she eventually was able to score thanks to a passed ball.
Following a walk and a double hit by Sadie Britt, Kaylie Kinney followed with a double that drove in two more runs to make it 5-1 for the Lady Rabbits.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Vernon answered back in the fifth inning. After hitting a batter and walking another, a Lady Lion hitter drove the ball into the gap. An error trying to field the ball allowed not just both base runners to score, but the batter to get all the way around to score. Vernon cut the lead to one run 5-4.
Bowie got one of the runs back. Klump led off with a walk and Laci Goodwin then drove her in with a triple to make it 6-4.
After another flawless defensive inning, the Lady Rabbits added to their lead in the sixth inning to put the game away.
After three straight singles from Victoria Cox, Chloe Kinney and Rhyan Carle led off the inning, Klump cleared the bases with a double to drive in three runs.
Three batters later, she was able to score from third base after an error at catcher to make it 10-4.
The Lady Lions needed to come alive in the final inning, but besides a one out single, the Bowie defense was able to shut them down for the final two outs with no issue.
The Lady Rabbits won 10-4.

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