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Nocona vs Saint Jo boys
The Nocona Indians opened their season at Saint Jo on Friday night.
The experienced 2A Indians put it to the younger Panthers 78-41 in a game that showed the value of early season experience.
The two programs played to open last year’s season and a senior filled Saint Jo team hung with the bigger program Nocona for the whole game and only lost 53-46. It is a different situation heading into this season.
The Indians return five seniors from the team that won the program’s first district title since 1988, several with varsity experience dating back to their freshman year.
The Panthers returned only two players with varsity experience and only one started last year.
The start of the game was more competitive than the final score would indicate.
Nocona led 19-12 after the first quarter, but started to pull away in the second quarter.
The Indians’ experience and physicality became too much as their lead grew bigger and bigger as the game wore on.
In the end, Nocona won 78-41.
Johnny Stone scored a career high 21 points to lead the Indians. Javier Gaytan was second with 11 points while Karson Kleinhans scored 10 points off the bench. Conley Kleinhans grabbed a team high eight rebounds while Brady McCasland dished out seven assists.
For Saint Jo, Barrett Johnson led the team with nine points while Devin Stewart scored seven points.

Saint Jo girls
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers lost their opening game of the season on Friday against 2A Lindsay.
The Lady Panthers lost the physical game 52-31 against the bigger Lady Knights.
Saint Jo is hoping to build off its success from last year, finishing second in the district and winning its bi-district playoff game after several years of a playoff drought.
The Lady Panthers play at a frenetic pace and was successful in turning it into the type of game they like to play, forcing Lindsay into several turnovers and playing faster than it would want.
Unfortunately, with it being the first game while playing against taller players who were up for the challenge of playing just as physical as Saint Jo meant the Lady Panthers shooting and offense were not up to snuff.
The Lady Knights led from the beginning and the lead just kept growing the longer the game went on.
Fouls aplenty were called on both sides which meant several Saint Jo players had to sit for long periods of time due to foul trouble. It also meant a ton of free throw attempts.
Lindsay attempted 27 free throws and the Lady Panthers attempted 18. Many shots Saint Jo tried around the basket were blocked away by the taller and longer Lady Knight post players.
Kyler Dunn led the team with seven points while Jordyn O’Neal was second with six points.

Nocona girls
The Nocona Lady Indians won a low-scoring game, for them, at Graham on Friday afternoon.
The Lady Indians won easily 57-33 against the Lady Blues where the team was missing one of their starters.
Nocona was without post player Avery Crutsinger, but made up for it with tenacity.
In the Lady Indians opening game against City View, Coach Kyle Spitzer criticized his usually solid defense, but he chalked it up to being the first game of the season. Despite that, the team still won easily by shooting well.
On Friday, the team did not shoot its best. Only Skyler Smith, recently signed to East Texas Baptist University earlier in the week, had a great offensive day.
She scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. She was the only Nocona player to finish in double figures.

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Nocona vs Saint Jo
The Nocona Indians won both games in their double-header against Saint Jo on Thursday.
The Indians won game one 21-5 and then game two 12-1 after four and half innings.
With the bad weather earlier in the week and the busy spring schedule, the two schools agreed to a double-header on the unusual day instead of two games on different days like normal.
Last year, the smaller 1A Panthers had easily beaten Nocona in the games. This year, the Indians got some revenge.
Nocona was up 8-0 after the first two innings, but Saint Jo did a good job of hold the Indians scoreless for the next three. The Panthers scored one run on offense during this time to catch up a bit even though they still trailed 8-3.
The Nocona bats picked back up at the end, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to go up 13-3.
Saint Jo needed to score at least one run to prevent the game from ending early. The Panthers came through with two runs to go to the seventh and final inning.
The Indians got rolling, scoring eight runs to make the final score laughable. Saint Jo’s bats could not answer and Nocona won 21-5.
The second game started and the Panthers led 1-0 after the first inning. Unfortunately for Saint Jo, the Indian offense woke up in the second inning and scored nine runs to break the game open.
Nocona added three runs in the third inning and coasted to win after four and half innings 12-1.

Missing scores
The Bellevue baseball team has not updated it scores from its previous game on the GameChanger app.

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The Nocona Lady Indians lost at Collinsville on Monday in a game that got away from them.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3, but with the Lady Indians committing six fielding errors, half the runs given up were unearned.
Nocona was down 3-0 after the first two innings before its bats picked things up in the third inning.
With two runners on base and one out, Abby Hill hit a double that scored one run. Tinley Cable followed and hit a fly out to center field, but it was deep enough to get another run home after tagging up.
The Lady Indians trailed 3-2.
Nocona just could not keep Collinsville off the board however. The Lady Pirates scored at least one run in every inning, with two runs in the second and fourth innings.
The Lady Indians were down 8-2 heading into the final inning and tried to stage a late game rally.
With two runners on base and one out, Skye Kirby grounded out to the shortstop for an out, but it drove one run home. Unfortunately, the next batter flew out to center field for out three to end the game.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3.

Missing scores
Saint Jo scores from its previous two games are not on the GameChanger app.

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Bowie baseball loses to Iowa Park

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It was a game to forget for the Bowie Jackrabbits baseball team on Wednesday against Iowa Park.
The Hawks won 13-1 in six innings to win by run-rule against the Jackrabbits.
Bowie was coming off a competitive, but losing effort against Jacksboro, but knew Iowa Park would be just as tough or better with the Hawks sitting in second place in the district standings.
The Jackrabbits had lost the first game at Iowa Park in 7-3, with most of the action happening in the later innings, so they knew they could play with the Hawks. Unfortunately, Bowie did not show it on Wednesday.
Iowa Park scored three runs in the opening inning to grab a lead it would never let go. It forced the Jackrabbits to change pitchers to get out of the inning after giving up two doubles, a single, two walks and a hit batter.
Down 3-0, Bowie showed some fight in the same inning. Rayder Mann took advantage of a dropped third strike to get on base with one out. Troy Kesey hit a double and Seth Mann drew a walk to load the bases up.
After a strikeout, Hayden Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, which allowed one run to some in and score to cut the lead to 3-1.
Iowa Park scored one run in the second inning, but it was the third inning that broke the game open.
Seven walks, two singles and a hit batter allowed the Hawks to score six runs to up their lead to 10-1. Bowie cycled through three pitchers during the inning.
While the Jackrabbit bats did have several chances to score with runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, the chances dried up as the game went along.
Iowa Park scored three runs on three singles and a double in the sixth inning to go up 13-1.
Bowie would need to score at least three runs to prevent the game from stopping early.
Unfortunately, despite a one out drawn walk, the Jackrabbits did not threaten to score and the game did end early.
Iowa Park won 13-1.

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