Not even three months after being crowned as the state six-man football champ for the fourth time in its school history at Gail, the Borden County Coyotes have earned the right to keep similar dreams alive now on the high school hardwoods.
Coach Bubba Edwards’ Borden County Coyotes are dribbling to the state hoop tournament this weekend at the Alamodome in San Antonio as the Region II-IA champs.
It already has been a sports year at Gail that these Coyotes or their fans will not ever forget. Back on Dec. 14, 2016 at AT&T Stadium, Borden County was crowned as the Division I state six-man football champs after blowing past Jonesboro, 60-12. Due to their championship football season, the Coyotes did not take their first shot on this high school hoop season until Dec. 20 – a time when most high schools were already six weeks into their seasons. That wait did not keep the Coyote hoopsters from still emerging into one of the top Class 1A boys hoop squads in the state.
Borden County earned the right to make this week’s trip to the Alamo City as the Region II-IA champs after thumping the Grady Wildcats, 51-31, in the regional championship game last Saturday night at Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum. While this was the Coyotes’ first ever regional championship game appearance in school history at Gail, the Grady Wildcats had their sights set, going into that regional final, on making a third straight trip to the state hoop tournament.
For their second straight game last weekend at ACU, the Coyotes needed a big second half to keep their season alive.
The Coyotes found themselves down, 21-20, at the half last Saturday night against these Grady Wildcats. A 13-6 third quarter rally put the Coyote boys up, 33-27, at the end of the third quarter last Saturday night at Moody Coliseum.
Even a bigger fourth quarter on Saturday night at ACU helped seal the deal for these now state-bound Coyotes, who finished up that Region II-IA championship game by outscoring the Wildcats, 18-4, in the final eight minutes en route to the convincing 20-point victory.
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