BOWIE - The Bowie Jackrabbits' motto this season is "we make mission."
"Our goal is to make it San Antonio, and it's a little slogan we got from a book about some army guys," said head coach Doug Boxell. "No matter what's going on our there, we're going to get the job done."
And getting the job done is right, the Jackrabbits are sitting at 11th in the TABC rankings and now share the top spot in District 8-3A after their 56-46 win over then 12th ranked Nocona last week.
"We knew it was going to be a close game, but we knew ro win district we had to beat them so we were mentally prepared," said senior guard Kason Spikes.
"Well our mindset was to be better defensively, because we know they are a really good driving team," said senior small forward Gary Mosley. "So, we wanted to man up better and keep them from getting to the hole and I think we did a better job at that."
Boxell said one of the keys to the jackrabbits success, is chemistry.
"These kids have all grown up here together," Boxell said. "They've been good through all the age groups they played in and stuff like that, so expectations are there. That's kind of what you want, you want to have some pressure on you that you're supposed to be good. We know it's a lot of good teams out there. So we have to come out and play hard and really work to our strengths."
And one those strengths is playing team basketball, something Boxell said he stresses among his players.
"It's a lot of fun when you can see the kids playing as a team," said Boxell. "The fans enjoy it, the coaches enjoy it, the players enjoy it. That's kind of what we preach all the time, let's play team basketball because it's fun to play when a team is going to pass you the ball, too, and not just play selfish basketball. So, our kids know that we're constantly trying to play together offensively and defensively."
And with that the Bowie Jackrabbits take home Team of the Week honors!
Now they're focused on taking on the 10th ranked Holliday Eagles, who jumped 10 spots from last week.
"We've really been working on defense, our defense was too great the last time we played them," Spike said.
And Spikes said he believe's they can make the mission and get to San Antonio this season.
"It's our last year so, if everbody gets in there head that they can do it, then I think we can go all the way."