Project center construction to start soon

Construction will begin soon on Boyd ISD’s new ag project center.

School board members Thursday night approved $30,250 in construction plan changes to pave the way for the start of the project by Dallas Tate Construction of Bowie.

The total cost of the 8,400-square-foot facility is an estimated $215,000. The construction contract with Tate is $167,800.

Superintendent Ted West told trustees the building will take two months to build and will be ready for next school year.

“It’s something that is desperately needed,” he said.

The facility will feature cattle and small animal pens for students to house their projects. There will also be room for students to practice their showmanship, according to West.

The new facility will be located just west of the student parking lot at Boyd High School.

The facility will replace the previous ag barn that was damaged in the December 2013 ice storm. West said an insurance settlement on the previous structure will offset part of the construction cost.

“It’ll offset some of the cost, but this is a lot more of a building,” West said.

In other business, trustees approved the 2015-16 school calendar.

Boyd students will not get a full week off for Thanksgiving next year. The district will hold classes Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24.

The move was made to get additional days of class before state testing.

The district will start classes Aug. 25 and end the school year June 2. Spring break will be March 14-18.

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Basketball: Boyd drops to fourth

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets fell to the fourth playoff seed in District 9-3A Tuesday with a loss in the regular season finale.

Nocona outscored Boyd 13-5 in overtime to pick up the 60-52 victory.

Boyd fell to 23-7 and 9-5 in district.

The Lady Yellowjackets will face 10-3A champion Pottsboro (24-7, 14-0) in a Class 3A Region II bi-district matchup at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Denton Ryan High School.

Pottsboro is led by Macie O’Hanlon, who is averaging 11.7 points and 2.4 assists at point guard. Lindsey Evans is contributing 10.3 points and Madeline O’Hanlon 10.2.

Tuesday against Nocona, Kenzie Elkins tossed in 22 points, hitting three 3-pointers. She had seven points in the fourth quarter.

Abbey Harrell added 17 points. She hit three treys, including two in the first quarter.

Lindsey Thorpe added nine points.

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Basketball: ‘Cats stop Panthers

The Henrietta Bearcats dashed the Paradise Panthers’ postseason hopes Tuesday.

Henrietta held off Paradise for a 55-42 victory to eliminate Paradise from the playoff hunt with two games left.

The Bearcats built a 40-32 lead at the end of the third quarter and outscored Paradise 15-10 in the final frame.

Landry Norwood led Paradise with 17 points. Brayden Ford and Cash Preather added eight each. Skyler Black and John Bridgeman chipped in four apiece and Caiden Berry one.

NOCONA 78, BOYD 58

The Boyd Yellowjackets could not slow down playoff-bound Nocona Tuesday, falling 78-58.

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Basketball: Paradise holds off Boyd

The Paradise Lady Panthers kept the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets at arms length for most of the night as their lead fluctuated between six and 10 points on their way to a 53-42 win.

TAKING AIM – Amber French from Paradise tries to shoot over a Boyd defender in the Lady Panthers’ 53-42 win over Boyd. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Boyd’s best run of the night was capped off by Lindsey Thorpe’s third-quarter, 3-point play to tie the game.

The Lady Panthers responded immediately after Thorpe’s made free throw with six consecutive points in three trips to regain a six-point lead.

The Lady Panthers then turned on the full-court pressure to put Boyd away.

“It wasn’t that we got steals and easy baskets,” Paradise coach Kevin Pope said. “But we forced some travels and some balls to be thrown out of bounds. They’re big and they’re strong, they’re a good basketball team. If we had tried to duke it out with them in a half-court basketball game, we wouldn’t be successful. We couldn’t let them grind us down.”

Paradise wrapped up second place in District 9-3A behind Bowie, while Boyd is still vying with Jacksboro to decide third and fourth place. Both are headed to the postseason and are better prepared for it after Friday, according to Pope.

“The main thing is: the game helped both of those teams prepare for the playoffs,” he said. “It was two good teams with a playoff atmosphere and it was exciting. Games like that help teams.”

He added that the Paradise and Boyd wins of 30 and 40 points didn’t do either group much good as far as preparation is concerned.

Courtney Kerr and Kaylee McConnell led Paradise with 14 points each. Jett Preather and Shelby Bradshaw each scored nine.

Kenzie Elkins paced Boyd with 17 points and Thorpe finished with 16 that included eight in the fourth quarter.

PARADISE 53, BOYD 42

Paradise … 18 … 10 … 8 … … 17 – 53
Boyd … 10 … 11 … 9 … … 12 – 42

Paradise (25-6, 11-2) – Jett Preather 9, Kaylee McConnell 14, Aliyah Read 2, Courtney Kerr 14, Emily Corbin 2, Shelby Bradshaw 9, Amber French 3.

Boyd (8-5) – Karlin Kinsey 2, Abbey Harrell 3, Lindsey Thorpe 16, Sophia Scott 2, Kenzie Elkins 17, Alissa Gordon 2.

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Basketball: Panthers keep playoff hopes alive

It went down to the final minute in Paradise Friday night.

In an electric atmosphere with the sound of the home team’s drum line and screaming fans engaged in every movement, turnover, steal and shot, the Paradise Panthers held off the Boyd Yellowjackets 48-44.

DRIVING FOR TWO – Paradise’s Spencer Forsyth lays it in against Boyd’s Aaron Hammett in the Panthers’ 48-44 win over the Yellowjackets. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

And for the moment, the Panthers kept their playoffs hopes in 9-3A alive, ending a three-game skid. The Panthers, with a win over Henrietta Tuesday, could move into driver’s seat for the league’s fourth playoff seed.

Early, it didn’t appear there would be any drama Friday. Paradise held Boyd to three points in the opening frame and took an 11-point lead.

Paradise’s Cash Preather had a six-point first quarter to lead his team.

But the Yellowjackets’ backcourt duo of Trace Moran and Trey Gordon combined to score 16 of Boyd’s 18 second-quarter points to reduce the Panthers’ lead to 24-21 at the half.

Both teams struggled offensively coming out of the break. Despite Caiden Berry’s five-point effort in the third, Boyd continued to narrow the lead.

The teams entered the fourth quarter with the Panthers holding a two-point edge.

The scoring ramped up in the fourth quarter as the teams answered each other with made baskets.

With three minutes to go, Dalton Lyon hit a monster 3-pointer to put Boyd up by a point. Preather responded with a two to regain the lead for Paradise.

Ultimately, it came down to late-game execution and the Yellowjackets couldn’t find their rhythm. After defensive stops and getting valuable rebounds, missed opportunities and wasted trips hurt Boyd.

The Yellowjackets failed to get a single shot attempt up in three consecutive trips while it was still a one-possession game.

The Yellowjackets were forced to foul after the turnovers, and the Panthers’ Landry Norwood, Berry, Patrick Dorado and Hayden Barkley made nine fourth-quarter free throws to close out the narrow Paradise win.

Berry played a major role in sealing the deal with his nine second-half points. He finished with 13.

Preather scored 10 points and Landry Norwood eight.

Boyd’s Moran led all scorers with 16, while Gordon came away with 12 points despite being in foul trouble for much of the game.

PARADISE 48, BOYD 44

Paradise … 14 … 10 … 7 … … 17 – 48
Boyd … 3 … 18 … 8 … … 15 – 44

Paradise (18-11, 5-6) – Cash Preather 10, Landry Norwood 8, Spencer Forsuth 2, Skylar Black 2, Brayden Ford 5, John Bridgeman 1, Patrick Dorado 2, Hayden Barkley 5, Caiden Berry 13.

Boyd (12-14, 3-8) – Trace Moran 16, Aaron Hammett 2, Dalton Lyon 6, Dylan Powers 2, Brandon Hardee 2, Trey Gordon 12, Judd Smith 2, Reece Jordan 2.

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Harry Duane Jobes

Harry Duane Jobes, 68, of Boyd, died Feb. 9, 2015 in Decatur.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

Duane will be buried in Junction with a visitation from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at the Kimble Funeral Home. A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Junction City Cemetery.

He was born May 3, 1946 in Kerrville and was the fifth generation of a ranching family in Kimble and Gillespie Counties. Duane had a lifelong interest in rodeo, horses and cattle. His close friends knew him simply as “Cowboy.”

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Noble Jobes and mother, Blanche Duderstadt Jobes.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela Nicole Jobes, and her children Ethan, Loren and Luke Duncan; loving companion, Sheri Brooks; and his brother, Harold D. Jobes and wife Cheryl.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Local students graduate A&M

Several Wise County students were among the 3,800 Texas A&M University graduates in fall 2014.

Those receiving degrees included:

  • Decatur – Adam K. Harrison, Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics; Laura K. Waggoner, Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
  • Boyd – Malisa D. Nelson, Bachelor of Science in university studies
  • Bridgeport – Jackson K. Kleeb, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Davis C. Manoushagian, Bachelor of Arts in international studies

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Hardcopf named to honor roll

Engineering student Richard W. Hardcopf of Boyd was named to the dean’s honor roll for the 2014 fall semester at Texas A&M University. Students named to the dean’s honor roll must achieve a 3.75 or better grade point average. Hardcopf is the son of Roger and Cyndie Hardcopf of Boyd.

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Local students graduate UNT

The following students from Wise County received degrees at the University of North Texas’ fall 2014 commencement ceremonies.

  • Boyd – Brandon James Anderson, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice
  • Decatur – Aaron Michael Renaud, Bachelor of Arts in English; Austin Jefferson Anderson, Bachelor of Arts in international studies; Brooke A. Joiner, Bachelor of Science in kinesiology; Claribel Trejo, Bachelor of Arts in international studies; Daniel Kyle Walker, Bachelor of Arts in English; Elizabeth Joy Hatter, Bachelor of Arts in English; Erika Angela Olson, Bachelor of Arts in history; John David Curry, Bachelor of Science in integrative studies; Kimberly Lynn James-Kelly, Master of Science in behavior analysis; Nathaniel Reid Smith, Bachelor of Science in geography; Raymond C. McMillian, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Sara Kathryn Blankenship, Master of Arts in journalism
  • Paradise – Erica D. Jones, Bachelor of Science in integrative studies
  • Rhome – Corey Shannon Bomar, Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art; Kathy Ann Ryan, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Thomas Wayne Bryan, Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
  • Runaway Bay – Natasha M. Randolph, Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology/audiology

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Local students named to UNT dean’s list

The following University of North Texas students from Wise County were named to the dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester.

  • Aurora – Christian Joshua McCormack
  • Boyd – Brandon James Anderson, Ashley Pearl Montgomery
  • Chico – Angela Michelle Price
  • Decatur – Elizabeth Joy Hatter, Howard Jack Ille Jr., Brooke A. Joiner, Tiffany Kristin Lara, Samuel J. McGregor, Raymond C. McMillian, Zara Reanna Pearson, Ricardo Samano, Raye E. Stewart, Catalina Torres, Brianna M. White, Renae J. White
  • Newark – Michael Scott Cushman, Ruth Ann Alexis Edwards, Nathaniel Christopher Getty, Lindsey Hope Robinson
  • Paradise – Crystal D. Morris-Stromberg, Bailey N Roberts
  • Runaway Bay – Marcela Garza

To receive the honor, undergraduates must complete at least 12 academic hours with a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Local students named to UNT president’s list

The following University of North Texas students from Wise County were named to the president’s list for the 2014 fall semester.

  • Boyd – Kaitlin Denise Solis, Marley B. Wright
  • Decatur – Ciara Lee Gibson, Jared M. Retamal, Jodie Renae Ross
  • Newark – Sarah Whitney Hickmon, Jennifer Michaela Smith
  • Paradise – Stephen C. Daneshjou, Wacy Ross Lusk
  • Rhome – Kathy Ann Lea, Kathy Ann Ledford, Benjamin Sterling Mazurek, Rebekah Jean Schrunk

To receive the honor, undergraduates must complete at least 12 academic hours with a 4.0 grade point average.

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Basketball: Long way back – After multiple injuries, Gordon returns to form for Boyd

Basketball: Long way back – After multiple injuries, Gordon returns to form for Boyd

A four-year window is all you get in high school sports.

For some young athletes, this is ample time to accomplish goals and live out dreams on the gridiron, the hardwood or diamond. But for Boyd’s Alissa Gordon, a large portion of that window was stolen by injury.

Returning to Form

RETURNING TO FORM – After injuries robbed Alissa Gordon of two basketball seasons, she has returned to the lineup and become the Lady Yellowjackets’ defensive stopper. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

As a freshman, the upcoming star athlete was looking at four promising years. When track season got underway, it was clear that Gordon was a special talent with a chance to qualify for the state track meet.

An accident during a hurdles practice changed the course of Gordon’s athletic career.

“We moved the hurdle up so I could three-step,” Gordon recalled. “When we moved the hurdle up, I jumped too soon and my trail leg came out from behind me. I fell and bounced about three times on my hip. I knew it hurt, but I didn’t say anything about it because I had a chance to go to state that year.”

In an attempt to “walk it off” Gordon may have caused even more damage as she continued competing, bearing the pain.

The pain finally proved too much after the Wise County meet and the freshman was forced to the hospital where she learned that she had torn the labrum in her hip.

The injury required surgery and more than six months of recovery.

After missing the remainder of her track campaign and spending her summer recovering, Gordon was cleared to run cross country in the fall of her sophomore year.

Unfortunately one injury led to another. Gordon tore scar tissue and strained her hip flexor in a meet.

“I took a break from all sports to get that right,” she said. “I wanted everything to have plenty of time to heal.”

When she came back to athletics during the basketball season, the reality of the injuries had taken their toll not only physically but mentally.

She could no longer play the game the way she used to, and didn’t know if she wanted to continue playing at all.

Twin Power

TWIN POWER – While recovering from injuries, Alissa Gordon received motivation from her brother Trey. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

That’s when Gordon’s support system of family, friends and coaches stepped up to help her get back to doing the things she once loved.

Her twin brother, Trey, and coach Lynn Cranfill specifically gave her the strength to continue.

“She got back on it and I was there to help her,” Trey said. “She’s a really strong person and we’re all proud of her.”

Ultimately, it took Alissa two years to get back to where she was – and as a senior she is making up for lost time.

On the court, she’s become the Lady Yellowjackets’ defensive stopper, either as a starter or first person off the bench.

“When she gets in there, I like to put her on the other team’s best player or the second-best player and tell her to get after them,” Brandon Hopkins said. “She has such a great mentality about the game. When you put her in, things get more aggressive and tenacious.”

That tenacity earned Gordon all-tournament honors at Chico and Ector.

She is averaging 4.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and more than two steals a game.

Gordon plays a valuable role on a team that has surprised many by already clinching a playoff spot.

The Lady Yellowjackets have pushed forward without Cranfill on the bench for most of the year as he undergoes further treatment for cancer. Athletic director and longtime basketball assistant Hopkins has stepped in to coach the team.

Gordon said she and her teammates keep Cranfill in their thoughts and have visited him in the hospital.

“Coach Cran isn’t here with us at the moment, but he is one of the main people who kept me going when I was really down and encouraged me not to quit,” Gordon said. “We’ve done a lot better than we expected and it’s all been for him. We want to play well and make a playoff run for him.”

As Gordon nears the end of her career, she doesn’t think about the time she’s missed because of injuries. She’s grateful for the time she’s had.

“I don’t regret running track or even getting injured,” Gordon said. “It taught me to never give up and keep going.”

Her coach agrees.

“It definitely makes you happy for what you have,” Hopkins said. “You realize that it can all be taken away and you don’t take these moments for granted.

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Basketball: Holliday trips Panthers

The Paradise Panthers suffered a third straight setback in District 9-3A Tuesday, falling to Holliday 51-35.

The Panthers fell to 4-6 in the league but remain in the hunt for the fourth playoff spot. They would likely need to win out, however, starting with Friday’s game against rival Boyd. Paradise will meet Henrietta, who is currently in fourth, Tuesday. The Panthers beat Henrietta 49-46 Jan. 16.

Landry Norwood paced Paradise against Holliday with 13 points. Cash Preather and Caiden Berry added six points each. Brayden Ford and Hayden Barkley had three.

BOYD 69, CITY VIEW 38

The Boyd Yellowjackets ended their six-game skid in 9-3A Tuesday with a 69-38 win over City View.

Boyd moved to 3-7 in district before a showdown with rival Paradise Tuesday. The Yellowjackets take on district leader Nocona Tuesday.

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Basketball: Paradise rebounds with win

The Paradise Lady Panthers returned to their winning ways Tuesday, thumping Holliday 57-30.

The playoff-bound Lady Panthers moved to 10-2 in District 9-3A. The Lady Panthers look to clinch second place in the league Friday against rival Boyd. Paradise closes the regular season at Henrietta Tuesday.

Guard Kaylee McConnell led a balanced scoring attack for the Lady Panthers Tuesday with 13 points. Shelby Bradshaw added 10. Courtney Kerr finished with nine. April Coursey and Taylor Richards had seven apiece.

BOYD 61, CITY VIEW 18

Kenzie Elkins led a trio of Boyd Lady Yellowjackets in double figures Tuesday in a 61-18 crushing of City View.

Elkins scored 16 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. She had 11 points in the second half.

Abbey Harrell knocked down three treys and finished with 13 points. Lindsey Thorpe chipped in 10.

Boyd (23-5) stayed in a tie for third in 9-3A with Jacksboro at 8-4. The Lady Yellowjackets played Paradise Friday and will close out the regular season Tuesday at home against Nocona.

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Football: Boyd’s Smith signs with OPSU

Boyd’s Sequoia Smith signed with Oklahoma Panhandle State University Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Smith, a standout Boyd athlete for four years, will continue playing football for the OPSU Aggies.

It wasn’t just football offer that got Smith interested in the school. OPSU’s top-notch agriculture program also played a major role in the final decision.

“The biggest thing about it is that they have an ag program,” Smith said. “I want to play football and I love to play football, but I also want to get the degree that I want. I’m planning on becoming an agricultural educator.”

Sequoia was recruited as a defensive end, but realizes he may have change positions.

The school is a seven-hour drive from Boyd, but with OPSU joining the Lone Star Conference – with schools like Angelo State, Midwestern State and Tarleton State – he will get a chance to play closer to home.

Smith’s sister, Scarlet Sears, and her husband, Courtland, have had custody of Sequoia and aren’t as worried about the distance as some guardians might be.

Sequoia and Scarlet’s sister attends school in Hawaii, which makes the Oklahoma panhandle seem like a short jaunt down the road.

“I’m happy he will just be seven hours away instead of an entire day’s flight,” Scarlet said. “He’s a good kid. He’s in the top of his class, and we hope he will continue being a great student and football player at Panhandle State.”

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins thinks the school will be a good fit for Sequoia.

“He’s a great kid who will try to do anything you ask of him 110 percent,” Hopkins said. “He was a great teammate and a great leader on and off the field. You couldn’t ask for a better student and overall kid.”

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Helen Petty

Helen Petty

Helen Petty, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Boyd.

Funeral was Jan. 31 at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Rev. Jeff Tackett and Pastor Mark Webb officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Steven Edwards, Charlie Winder, Joey Winder, Kenneth McCauley, J.J. Cooper, Brandon Withers and Stevie Brady.

Helen was born Feb. 18, 1940, in Sherman to Albert and Beulah (Dill) Tackett. She married William “Bill” C. Petty April 29, 1972, in Boyd. He preceded her in death Oct. 5, 2003.

Helen, a homemaker, was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Sandra Kay McCauley; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Kennith McCauley and wife, Petey, of Paradise and Jay Petty and wife, Pam, of Kerens; daughters Reba Rivera and husband, Jesse, of Boyd, Joy McCauley and partner, James Sheppard, of Venus, Kim Brady and partner, Tony Scifres, of Boyd, Debbie Moser and husband, Richard, of Gun Barrel City, and Carolyn Allen and husband, Jerry, of Colleyville; sister Lois Moore and husband, Eddie, of Boyd; brother Coy Tackett and wife, Cheryl, of Bridgeport; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other family members and friends.

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Ellie Mae Rogers

Heather Blackett and Jordan Rogers of Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, Ellie Mae Rogers, on Jan. 29, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Ilah Blackett of Boyd, Kristen Moreno of Rockport and Ricky Rogers of Paris.

Great-grandparents are Doug and Pat Hines of Paris and Ed and Pam Rogers of Marchison.

Great-great grandparent is Charlie Blackburn of Paris.

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Basketball: Boyd falls on last-second shot

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ firm hold on third place in District 9-3A slipped away in dramatic fashion Friday night.

Taking a Shot

TAKING A SHOT – Boyd’s Abbey Harrell looks for a shot over Jacksboro defenders Friday in the Lady Yellowjackets’ loss. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Kaylen Maples hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Jacksboro Tigerettes a stunning 41-40 win at home. That win pulls them even with the Lady Yellowjackets in the district standings.

The ending looked improbable with 30 seconds left as Boyd held a five-point lead and was looking to inbound the ball.

COMING UP SHORT – Boyd’s Kenzie Elkins takes a shot during the Lady Yellowjackets’ one-point loss to Jacksboro Friday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

But a technical foul was called against Boyd before the ball could be inbounded, opening the door for Jacksboro.

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins was less than satisfied with the explanation he received for the call.

“They said that when we stack up we have to give them a certain amount of space in between us,” Hopkins said. “They said they told the girls twice to give them some space and we didn’t do it, so they gave us the technical foul.”

Hopkins went on to say that he would rather have the official talk to him first, allowing the coach to tell his players what to do.

“That rule is new to me, but if that’s the rule, come tell me and I’ll make sure we get some space in there,” Hopkins said.

Maples made both free throws awarded after the foul, and with two seconds left the ball found its way into her hands again – in time for her to drain the game-winning shot.

The Lady ‘Jackets got off to a quick start, taking an 11-7 advantage in the first quarter, led by Lindsey Thorpe’s seven first-quarter points.

Despite Kenzie Elkins’ six second-quarter points, the Tigerettes narrowed Boyd’s lead to three points at the half.

The Tigerettes outscored Boyd 11-6 in the third with Jensen Perkins dropping in three of her game-leading five 3-pointers.

To begin the fourth quarter, the Yellowjackets implemented some full-court pressure that caught Jacksboro off guard.

“We’re not a big pressing team, but I thought we needed a little bit of a spark to jump-start our offense,” Hopkins said. “We got some good layups out of it and some quick transition shots. We stuck with it for a while, but that’s really not our game.”

The full-court pressure, matched with the Lady Yellowjackets’ making seven of their nine fourth-quarter free throws, put Boyd in front until the bizarre final 30 seconds of the game.

For Hopkins and his players, dwelling on the loss will not help with more district games ahead.

“It’s a tough loss,” Hopkins said. “Last week a team missed a shot and we were on the other side of it with a win. So I told them to keep their heads up. We played hard. We have more games down the road and we just have to take care of business. We fought hard until the end.”

Elkins led all scorers with 16 points. Thorpe finished the game with 11, while Sophia Scott added seven.

Karlin Kinsey, Kayleigh Pappajohn and Abbey Harrell each scored two points for Boyd.

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Basketball: Jacksboro sneaks past Boyd

The Jacksboro Tigers took down the Boyd Yellowjackets in a 58-57 rollercoaster Friday night at the Jacksboro High School gym.

It was tied at halftime, with Boyd’s Trace Moran and Jacksboro’s Caleb Martin battling it out.

Moran finished the first half with 11 points, while Martin had 12.

As the third quarter began, it was clear Boyd’s Trey Gordon wanted to make up for lost time.

After scoring only two points in the opening half, Gordon scored 10 points coming out of halftime to lead the Yellowjackets to a 17-12 third quarter, giving Boyd a 46-41 advantage heading into the fourth.

Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez thought that would be enough for his team to put the Tigers away.

“I thought we battled nice until the end,” Hernandez said. “I told my guys if we could win the third quarter we would win the game. We went out there and took the third quarter 17-12.”

Though the turnover bug affected both teams throughout – each finishing with 20 – it stung the ‘Jackets in the most crucial minutes of the game.

“They clogged the middle of the paint well,” Hernandez said. “That’s where we wanted to get the ball. Sometimes the pass looked open, but by the time we got the ball there they would get a hand on it and be off to the races.”

The Tigers turned several steals into easy transition buckets down the stretch.

But with seconds left, Moran made a layup to put Boyd back in the lead.

With the pressure on the Tigers, Martin took the ball the length of the court and finished a finger roll with only 2.3 seconds remaining in the game.

“I told them we needed to step up and get that one stop, and we didn’t get it,” Hernandez said. “We tried to go with a soft, full-court man at the end just to burn clock. The plan was for us just to switch on all screens and we just made a mistake on a screen there at the end.

“No. 14 [Martin] is a good athlete and you saw what he could do, going right down the middle to get the layup.”

Martin led all scorers with 27 points, while Jacksboro’s Tyler Pippin added 13 and Payton Laake had 12.

Boyd was led by Moran who finished the game with 15 points.

Gordon and Reece Jordan each had 12, with Jordan making four of his five free-throw attempts. Jordan also crashed the boards for Boyd.

Dalton Lyon finished with eight points that included two 3-pointers, and Judd Smith finished the game with five.

Aaron Hammett and Dylan Powers had two points each, and Sequoia Smith finished the game with one point.

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Eddie Scott Turner

Eddie Scott Turner

Eddie Scott Turner, 63, formerly of Boyd, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. David Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Ricky Turner, Sammy Turner, Tommy Peterka, Jeff Meaders, Charles Knight, Gary Mosley, Billy Jennings and John Bowen.

Eddie Scott was born Dec. 9, 1951, in Decatur to Bill and Billie (Burchfield) Turner. He was a maintenance worker for the city of Fort Worth.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his brother, Kevin Turner and wife, Faith, of Morgan, Utah; nieces Jessica Turner of Cedar City, Utah, and Kristen Austin and husband, Shaun, of Lakewood, Calif.; aunt Sharon Taylor and husband, Willie, of Fort Worth; and numerous extended family members and friends.

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