“What we want to see is that we don’t lose our head, we stay cool, we don’t panic. Even though we let them make the push, it was good to see how we responded and pushed back.”
The Jackrabbits’ wealth of weapons were on full display with four players scoring in double figures: Lucas Simmons, Quinten Tabor, Dylan Hart and Petr Vopinka. Simmons led the team with 19 points – including a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity strip – and added a rebound, two assists and three steals.
“It was a good win,” he said. “(The atmosphere) was awesome. It really gets your energy up. I was really in the zone tonight. Just trying to help my team get the win.”
Although Hart was third in scoring, he came closest to sniffing a double-double, with 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Vopinka and Tabor were also forces in the paint, with Vopinka posting five rebounds, a steal and a block to go along with his 13 points and Tabor grabbing seven boards to go along with three assists, a steal and 12 points.
Also scoring were Paul Packheiser with seven points (six rebounds, one assist, one block), Luis Conde Fernandez with four points (three rebounds, two assists), Hunter Lewis with three points and Tanner Hargrove with two points (one rebound).
With the hurdle of the Throckmorton win under their belt, Tabor said the ‘Rabbits can finally start focusing on closing out the season strong and scouting potential playoff foes.
“We haven’t outright won the district championship yet,” he said. “We’ve got a two-game lead with three games left. So, we need to take care of business and go ahead and win district.
“But definitely, at this point, we can start looking ahead to the playoffs a little bit and start thinking about opponents.“
Earlier Friday night, the Graford Lady Rabbits defeated Throckmorton, 46-23, as Morgan Hendershott led GHS with 13 points.
Also scoring for the Lady Rabbis were Katie Rochelle with 10 points, Kyndze Pendergraft with nine, Ashley Hay with eight, Amanda Francis with four and Sydney Wimberly with two.