By CLINT FOSTER
GRAFORD – Take a trip to just about any dog racing track around the world and you’ll find a pack of athletic greyhounds chasing a stuffed rabbit around the circuit. But for the Greyhounds of Throckmorton, there was no catching the Graford Jackrabbits, Friday night.
In a clash of Top 10, Class A basketball titans, the No. 4 Graford Jackrabbits downed the sixth-ranked Throckmorton Greyhounds, 71-60, in front of a packed and electric home crowd. With the win, the Runnin’ Rabbits moved to 21-2 on the season, remaining alone at the top of the District 11-1A-2 standings at 6-0 and extending their three-year home winning streak by yet another game.
It was an extremely fast-paced and physical game, with both teams aggressively pushing the ball down the court all game long. Graford was able to hold its own against another one of Class 1A’s best and never trailed for four quarters.
Like heavyweight fighters, both teams exchanged jabs for the first frame, as Graford edged out an early 15-13 lead. But the Jackrabbits quickly caught fire in the second half and took a 13-point lead into the locker room.
As the third quarter began, it became clear that Graford’s district rivals would not lie down on the road. Spurred by opportunistic defense and some clutch shooting, the Greyhounds assembled a 16-6 run to cut the Graford lead to five, only to watch the Jackrabbits build another commanding, double-digit lead.
But yet again, the ‘Hounds made a push in the fourth quarter, bringing themselves within two in the game’s waning minutes. But Graford answered back with a 16-6 run of their own to close out the game and send Throckmorton home with the loss.
“It was just a real tough game,” Graford head coach Ty Tabor said. “They’re used to winning and they weren’t going to lie down. We let it be too much of a game in the second half, I thought, but (Throckmorton) is a good team.