It took an overtime for the Zephyrhills Bulldogs to move on to the Final Four in the class 5A FHSAA State Basketball Championship next Thursday by defeating Ponte Vedra in a thriller 76-68. The game was a tale of two halfs. The Ponte Vedra Sharks opened with a flurry and before the Bulldogs knew it they were down 21-8 at the end of the first period. It would get worse before it got better for the Dogs who trailed by as many as 17 mid-way through the second.

The Sharks opened the door just a crack and allowed Zephyrhills to rally back to within 7 by the halftime break. Coach Reed sprinkeled his majic dust in the locker room at halftime and the Bulldogs came out inspired in the second half. It was indeed “Who Let The Dogs Out” in the third when Zephyrhills went into a press forcing turnovers and topped the Sharks 16-10. Tied at the end of regulation at 59 the last 4 minuets would belong to Zephyrhills topping the Sharks 17-9 in the extrasession for the 76-68 win.

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Lady Eagles Bid Ends in Quarterfinals.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Lady Eagles hadn’t seen the state tournament for 20 years prior to 2023. The Howe Lady Lions made it a short trip defeating Warner 64-43 Tuesday night at the Fairgrounds Arena.

The usual Warner sharp shooting from 3-point range was absent and the smothering defensive game was penetrated by the Lady Lions.

After a close opening eight minutes that saw the Lady Eagles up by as many as 8 points that advantage withered away and turned into a Howe lead by halftime.

The second half was more of the same with the Lions taking advantage of their lead and out-rebounding Warner on both the offensive and defensive boards until the lead became insurmountable midway through the third quarter.

We would like to congratulate the Lady Eagles on a fine season and are definitely looking forward to next year.

With only one senior the Lady Eagles will be back next season and will surely be ranked in the top ten and hopefully make another run at the golden basketball in 2024.

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