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Nocona
The Nocona Indians easily won at Petrolia on Friday night to keep the good play coming.
The Indians won 59-34 against the Pirates to stay undefeated in district.
Nocona came into the game confident, having beaten Petrolia the first time with little trouble 52-31 despite missing half of its team at the time due to suspensions.
Still, the Pirates had an advantage with their post player being significantly taller than any Indian player which is why timing double-teams was so important for Nocona’s defense.
The Indians got out to a little bit of a lead 13-7 in the first quarter, but Coach Brody Wilson did not think his team played well in the first half.
“There were times in the first half where we were relaxed on defense and became lazy,” Wilson said.
Despite that, Nocona outscored the Pirates 18-10 in the second quarter and led 31-17 at halftime.
The third quarter was a low-scoring affair, but the Indians were still able to grow their lead a little bit while continuing to limit Petrolia. Nocona then finished strong offensively in the fourth quarter to end the game.
The Indians won 59-34.

Prairie Valley vs Forestburg
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs got to end their season with a buzzer beater in front of their home fans on Friday night.
Bulldog senior Tyson Easterling hoisted a desperation half-court heave to give Prairie Valley the 60-57 win against Forestburg.
Prairie Valley was playing its final game of the season with the Bulldogs outside of the playoff race.
The Longhorns had won the first game between the teams 52-34 and was sitting in second place in the district standings.
Forestburg got out to a bit of lead in the first quarter as Prairie Valley had no answer for the Longhorns big post player Kyler Willett. The Longhorns led 16-11 heading into the second quarter.
The Bulldogs did a better job of limiting Forestburg’s other scorers and was able to keep pace better. Prairie Valley outscored the Longhorns by one point as Forestburg led 27-23 at halftime.
The third quarter was low-scoring and close as the Bulldogs hung around the Longhorns without quite taking the lead. Forestburg’s lead was down to 37-32 heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was an explosion of offense as both teams scored 20 or more points. It was Prairie Valley that really blew up, scoring 28 points and nearly equaling its three quarter total.
Unfortunately for both teams, the leading scorers both fouled out in the final period, Willett for Forestburg and Trae Campbell for Prairie Valley.
The Bulldogs had the lead in the final few seconds, but the Longhorns Jesus Sanchez made a 3-pointer to tie the game up at 57-57 with five seconds left.
Prairie Valley drew up a play following a time out and Easterling, put up a running shot just inside the half-court line as the buzzer sounded. It went in as his teammates and the home crowd went crazy.
The Bulldogs won 60-57.

Bellevue vs Saint Jo
The Bellevue Eagles got back against Saint Jo in a rematch on Friday night at home.
The Eagles won 93-36 against the Panthers in a game where one team kept up the high scoring pace from the previous matchup and the other did not.
Bellevue was coming into the game following a win against Gold-Burg that kept it in contention for the fourth spot in district.
Saint Jo was coming off a win against Prairie Valley and was sitting in third place in the district.
The first time the teams had met was a high-scoring, double overtime affair the Panthers had escaped with a 92-90 win.
It was Bellevue that kept that type of high scoring pace from the first game up from the start and never let up while Saint Jo struggled to get anything going.
The Eagles scored 20 or more points in three of the four quarter, with 18 being the lowest scored quarter during the second period.
Meanwhile, the Panthers scored in double-digits only in the fourth quarter.
Bellevue had five players score in double-figures. Ryan Jones led the team with 22 points including five 3-pointers. Jayson Gill was second with 19 points while Brycen Bancroft scored 17. Aaron Allison and Kason Roper both added 10 points.
For Saint Jo, Zeke Bonn led the team with nine points while Jayden Curry was second with seven points.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears were the latest team to play district champs Slidell in a one-sided game.
The Greyhounds won 85-28 as they have been beating every team in district by big margins.
Gold-Burg was coming off a disappointing loss at Bellevue and knew the goal was to just try and compete against a Slidell team that had obliterated all comers in district play.
Still, it is not fun to go through it even if you know what is coming. While the Bears like to press and play fast, the Greyhounds take it to another level to make it a track meet.
Coach Christian Healer thought it was one of the worst games he has seen the team play all district, even if the team was playing a team like Slidell.

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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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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.

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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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