Xavier Harrison dunk

Xavier Harrison puts up a dunk against the Pirates.

No. 3 Graford started things out with a 23-9 run Friday and never looked back as the Jackrabbits improved to 7-0 District 21-A and 23-6 overall with a 95-37 home win Friday against Perrin.

Graford remains in the driver’s seat when it comes to capturing the league’s top playoff spot, and the Jackrabbits opened the big guns early, dropping four three-pointers in the first quarter.

Graford netted 14 three-pointers against 19 total field goals, and the bombing from around the court kept the Pirates off balance.

The Jackrabbits erased all doubts of a comeback by turning up their defense and going on a 25-2 spurt in the second quarter to lead 48-11.

Five Graford players reached double-figure scoring with Levi Butler’s 22 points leading all scorers, Xavier Harrison popped in 21 points, Marc Matthews had 14 and Micah Manley scored 10.

Senior Tanner Ford has returned to the court for the Rabbits after a severe ankle sprain. Ford's return came sooner than expected after he sought acupuncture treatments to get back in the game.

Ford netted 18 points and the Rabbits certainly welcomed the scorer who recently went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. 

Now the Jackrabbits will now be turning their attention toward a stretch of three road games and remaining unbeaten in district play for Coach Ty Tabor it’s all about staying focused on the team’s goals.

“We just have to stay focused and play the right way and not develop bad habits,” Tabor said. “It’s hard to stay focused when you are playing a team for a second time and you’ve already beaten them. That’s why we have to bring it every day at practice and remain with our process.

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