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By Tommy Wells | Special to the Index
GORDON – Harrison Nowak scored 19 points and Ross Alison added 17 on Tuesday and helped power the Strawn Greyhounds to a 59-35 win over the Gordon Longhorns in a District 17-A showdown.
With the win, Strawn improved to 2-5 for the season and, more importantly, kept its playoff hopes alive by improving to 1-3 in loop play.
Gordon fell to 0-4 in the district standings.
Senior guard Cole Abbott spurred Strawn to the early lead.
After the two teams had battled to a 10-10 draw in the first, Abbott pulled up and nailed a three-point shot from the corner to send the Greyhounds into the second holding a 13-10 cushion.
Strawn, backed by seven second-quarter points by Alison and another clutch trey by Abbott, padded its lead in the second.
The Greyhounds outscored by a 16-7 run and stretched its lead to 29-17 at the half.
Abbott was Strawn’s third double-digit scorer in the contest, finishing with a season-high 14.
Nowak and Alison all but enabled Strawn to seal the game in the third. The two combined for 16 of their team’s 19 points and led the way for Strawn to grab a 48-25 lead at the start of the final eight minutes of the contest.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Strawn.
No. 7 Lady Hounds cruise to win
GORDON – State-ranked No. 7 Strawn jumped out to a 14-2 lead and never looked back as the Lady Hounds handled the Gordon Lady Longhorns, 52-29, here Tuesday night in a District 17-A contest.
Jayde Price led the Lady Hounds with 14 points, with Shelly Abbott and Jacqueline Berumen each with 12.
Also scoring for the Lady Hounds (23-6, 5-1) were Tearany Atkins with eight points and Cori Pollock with six.
Strawn led 26-13 at the half and 40-21 after the third quarter.
Lady Rabbits blow out Bryson, 64-16
BRYSON – Tyler Wimberly scored 25 points and recorded six steals to lead the Graford Lady Rabbits to a convincing 64-16 win over Bryson here Tuesday night in a District 11-A contest.
“We were able to play good basketball, winning our last two district road games,” Lady Rabbits head coach Jarod Westmoreland said. “We are excited to be playing Paint Creek on Friday, which is Homecoming.”
Also scoring for Graford (15-10, 6-0) Sydney Wimberly with 14 points, Ali Brown with eight, Katie Rochelle and Erika Chemello, each with six, Ashley Hay with three, and Morgan Hendershott with two.
Chemello recorded six rebounds while garnering four assists, Hendershott had four rebounds and Sydney Wimberly finished with six rebounds and six steals.
Santo JV girls win tournament
HUCKABAY – Santo’s junior varsity Ladycats defeated Brock (44-33) and Lipan (41-31) before blowing out Poolville, 40-7, in the championship game of the Huckabay tournament.
In the championship game, Chasen Howard led the Ladycats with 14 points.
Also scoring for Santo (16-2) were Reagan Raffaele with 11 points, Caylin Edwards and Callie Wharton, each with five, Jawnee Hess with three and Emily Ashbrook with two.
“This group continues to play at a high level and are getting ready to take that next step,” Ladycats coach Tony Raffaele said. “The coaching staff is pleased with the way they are handling situations that arise and the preparation every day.”
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By Tommy Wells | Special to the Index
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After over a month of speculation, the Ram faithful have a new leader in which to place their hope.
Friday night, the Mineral Wells ISD Board of Trustees announced their decision to hire Waco Midway's Co-Offensive Coordinator Gerald Perry as the new Athletic Director and head football coach of Mineral Wells High School.
The Mineral Wells Lady Rams (14-3) got everything they hoped for and more in the opening day of the Mineral Wells Tournament, Thursday, at Kessler Field. They swept the competition in a triple-header and dealt with a wide variety of situations, overcoming each.
Gordon, Strawn fill up all-district hoops teams
The All-District 17-1A-II teams for both boys and girls basketball have been announced and rivals Gordon and Strawn have left an indelible mark on the 2013-24 edition with the two schools combining for six players on the boys team and a whopping 11 girls receiving honors.
Lady Rams Softball begins MW Tourney
Hot off of a 5-1 showing at the Wichita Falls Tournament, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team (11-3) will open tournament play against quality competition again today from the comfort of their own home.
Four Ladycats garner top 11-1A-I awards
Palo Pinto County's most successful basketball team of the 2013-14 season can now add a bushel of accolades to an already memorable, Regional Championship year.
MW boys place third, girls seventh at Ram Relays
The Mineral Wells boys and girls track teams were on full display, Saturday, in front of a hometown crowd at the Ram Relays as the varsity girls team took seventh place with 42 point and the varsity boys finished third with 90 points.
State slips away
ABILENE – It wasn't the way a community pictured their season ending.
Fresh off of a thrilling 69-65, double-overtime victory over Ira in the regional semifinals, the Graford Jackrabbits' (27-4) bid for their first trip to the state tournament since 2012 fell short Saturday afternoon with a 58-25 loss at the hands of the Water Valley Wildcats (27-5) in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Finals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
Weathering the storm
The 2013-14 season epitomized growth for the Mineral Wells Rams basketball team. Under the tutelage of head coach Aaron Pappas, the Rams played to a 6-4 record in District 6-3A, clinching a third place finish and a fourth-straight playoff appearance.
Graford's Wimberly named 11-1A-II Offensive POY
A successful 2013-14 campaign for the Graford Lady Rabbits basketball team was capped off last week with the announcement that senior point guard Syndey Wimberly was named "Offensive Player of the Year" by district coaches. The district runner-up Lady Rabbits also placed five girls on the All-District 11-!A-II team.
Graford outlasts Ira, 69-65 (2OT), advances to Regional Finals
ABILENE -- "Survive and advance" is the name of the game come tournament time. And with their backs against the wall, the Graford Jackrabbits (27-3) did just that, holding off the Ira Bulldogs, 69-65, in double-overtime in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Semifinals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
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