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Bowie basketball teams lose at Vernon

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The Bowie Jackrabbits lost a tough game on the road at Vernon on Tuesday night.
The Lions won 59-44 as the Jackrabbits could not pull the upset for a second time this season.
Bowie came into the game needing a win if it wanted a chance to possibly break into the third spot or have a more firm control on fourth place in the district standings.
While the Jackrabbits did beat Vernon the first game the teams met, Bowie had to play one of its best games of the season and still just barely won 49-47.
The Lions needed a win to stay tied with City View for the second spot in the district standings.
For three quarters the Jackrabbits were doing the things they needed to do to try and get another unexpected win against an athletic Vernon team.
Bowie was limiting the Lions big impact players like their speedy guard and explosive post player. Unfortunately, Vernon’s other players picked up the pace and were making open shots to keep the Lions ahead for the most the game.
The Jackrabbits trailed only 14-12 after the first quarter and 23-17 at halftime. Bowie then cut into the deficit in the third quarter thanks to getting to the free throw line and converting 8-10.
The Jackrabbits trailed by only one basket 36-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, there was a bad four-minute stretch where Vernon went on a big offensive run to pull ahead and Bowie could never catch back up. The Lions outscored the Jackrabbits 21-10 in the final period to pull ahead and make the final score not indicative of the first three quarters.
Vernon won 59-44.

Girls
The Bowie Lady Rabbits finished their season with a tough loss at Vernon on Tuesday night.
The Lady Lions won 39-27 in another low-scoring game for Bowie.
The Lady Rabbits were missing leading scorer and recent Midwestern State University signee Ziba Robbins due to injury. Vernon was just trying to wrap up a third place finish in the district.
The Lady Lions came out with a press defense that initially gave Bowie some problems and took a 10-4 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter the scoring pace picked up as the Lady Rabbits started to break the press better and score some baskets from doing so. Unfortunately, Vernon scored in double-digits and led 23-13 at halftime.
Bowie’s defense had a good stretch in the third quarter, limiting the Lady Lions to only four points. The Lady Rabbits were able to cut into the deficit and trailed only 27-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, Vernon closed the game strong despite missing more than half of its free throw attempts in the final period. The Lady Lions scored 12 points while Bowie made only two baskets.
Vernon pulled away to win 39-27.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Interview with Nocona basketball players Reagan Phipps (left) and Skyler Smith following their win against Lipan in the regional final to qualify for the state tournament on Feb. 24, 2024.
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Nocona’s Lady Indians are now statebound

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The Nocona Lady Indians defeated Lipan in the regional playoffs and are statebound. They won 50-41 in an exciting game. Watch for full photo and game coverage in the mid-week Bowie News and on our social media for future schedule.

Nocona Booster Club photo

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Bowie golf does well in first tournaments of the season

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Miley Thompson shot 95 and finished third overall individually and also helped the Lady Rabbits finish third as a team. (Courtesy photo)

The Bowie golf teams competed in the first tournaments of the season at both Flower Mound and at Muenster.
The boy’s one team finished seventh overall at course Tour 18 in Flower Mound. The boy’s second team and the girls team both finished third at Turtle Hill in Muenster.
The Jackrabbit team has all five players back from their team that finished third at the state tournament last season.
Playing some tough competition, the team was led by Cy Egenbacher who shot a team low 86. Hunter Lea shot 90, Rayder Mann shot 97 while Zac Harris and Andrew Sandhoff both shot 99. The total was 372 which was good for seventh place.
The Lady Rabbits were led by Miley Thompson who shot 95 which was good for third place individually. The rest of team included Tess Eganbacher and Reegen Ferguson shooting 109, Emily Cueva shooting 110 and Hanna Bell shooting 116. The team’s 423 total was good for third place.
Kendall Fallis was playing as medalist as her 106 score did not factor into the team’s total.
The second boys team was led by Hunter Fluitt, who shot 83 which was good for a fifth place finish. The rest of the included Gavin Brown shooting 97, Russell Anderson shooting 98, Trae Seigler shooting 102 and Bear Combs shooting 104. The 380 total was good for third place.

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