One man’s medicine also can sometimes be his poison.
Experience has been one of the driving forces behind a sports season that the Borden County Coyotes and their loyal fans always will cherish. Most high schools only can dream about making it to state once in their athletic lives.
Winning state in six-man football this past fall, the Coyote boys returned to that lofty plateau this past week at Class 1A basketball’s Final Four in San Antonio.
After watching his Coyotes finish their season on Thursday morning at the Alamodome by losing 51-27 to Happy in the state semi-finals, it was one experience that BC Coach Bubba Edwards pointed to as making a big difference in that final outcome.
“You could just tell in the way they (Happy) stepped up there in the second half that they had been down there before,” Edwards said.
The game was relatively close at the halftime, with the fourth-ranked Cowboys leading the Coyotes, 24-16.
Everything changed in the third quarter when Happy outscored Borden County, 18-2.
“They really swarmed us defensively,” Edwards said. “We just had a hard time getting a shot off against those guys, especially there in the second half.
“Their guards are just so quick and when we were able to get past them we were in there against all their trees. We’re talking about anywhere from the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-7 range inside.”
While it was a repeat trip to state for the 25-5 Cowboys, it was Borden County’s first-ever appearance at the state basketball tournament.
“I guess if you’ve got to bow out somewhere, there couldn’t be a better place to bow out than down there,” Edwards said.
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