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    Evan Ford looks for an outlet on the break. Ford had 13 points in helping the Cowboys win their season opener 36-15 over Vernon Northside. Photo/Brian Smith

Cowboys open with win over Vernon

BRYSON – Cowboy coach Slade Egan was a bit apprehensive heading into the Nov. 16 season opener against Vernon Northside, missing about half of his varsity team due to grades, illness and other maladies.

Bryson suited up just six varsity players, five freshman and one sophomore. None of them had stepped foot on a varsity court before.

The trial by fire worked as the hosts overcame some early troubles and pulled away in the second half of a 36-15 win over the Indians. Egan said switching defenses in the first quarter caused the visitors some issues.

“We switched to a man-to-man from a zone and it gave them fits,” Egan said. “I was extremely impressed with our youth tonight. We started four freshman and a sophomore and were able to accomplish some things.”

Bryson needed more than two minutes to get on the board, doing so on a Tyler Cotter bucket. Fortunately, Northside had a slow start and Bryson was able to get buckets by Cotter and Jameson Pierce to take a 6-5 lead late in the frame.

Northside, which had just six baskets in the game, got a late basket to take a 7-6 lead. Bryson opened the second on an 8-1 run using baskets from Cotter and Noah Justus, an Evan Ford three-pointer and Jacob Hearne free throw to take a 14-8 lead. The Cowboys stepped into passing lanes for easy steals and had Cotter going hard on rebounds to take a 16-11 lead at the half.

Cotter, a transfer from Arlington, had 21 of Bryson’s 35 rebounds, and had Egan wondering about the past.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 24 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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