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Bellevue girls lose bi-district playoff game to Newcastle

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Senior Cirsten Allen scored five points in her final game for Bellevue in the playoffs.

The Bellevue Lady Eagles’ season came to an end on Monday night in their bi-district playoff game against Newcastle.
The state-ranked Lady Cats won 54-20 against the Lady Eagles.
Bellevue knew it had a tough draw. It had just creeped into the fourth and final playoff spot as the team’s up and down district record reflected the overall youthfulness of the roster.
That inexperience caused the team to miss the playoffs the previous season for the first time in many years as the majority of the team were freshman.
A year older, the Lady Eagles played the top teams in the district well in some games, but came up short.
The biggest game was their win against Slidell. With the Lady Greyhounds moving up classifications to 2A, it was a nice memory for this group to get them one last time since Slidell were usually district champs.
Newcastle was a different beast than any other team Bellevue had played in district.
The Lady Cats were massive at almost every position and knew how to use their size advantage well. They had only lost one game all season and are ranked as the second best team in the state in 1A.
The first quarter saw the Lady Eagles break through Newcastle’s full-court press with little struggle and scored two of their three baskets before the defense was set.
The Lady Cats perimeter shooting was not going in and while Bellevue battled hard for rebounds, sometimes Newcastle’s height advantage when going for offensive rebounds allowed for quick put backs.
Newcastle led 13-8, but the Lady Eagles were being scrappy and making the Lady Cats work.
In the second quarter, Newcastle switched its defense to just straight man-to-man defense and Bellevue struggled for the rest of the game. Defenders seemed to stick to Lady Eagle players on the perimeter.
Any room created driving to the basket was closed when tall help defenders came to contest shots.
Bellevue scored only three points in the second and third quarter combined.
Meanwhile, Newcastle seemed to abandon hunting 3-point shots and mostly tried to attack the basket or shoot some open shots right outside the paint.
The Lady Cats led 29-8 at halftime and 37-11 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Eagles executed their offense better in the final period, cutting sharply to the basket for some good looks that went in as they scored nine points.
Newcastle won 54-20.

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Baseball Roundup

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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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Softball Roundup

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Nocona
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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