ABILENE — McLennan jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 10-4 victory over Temple College on Monday at the Region V tournament, ending the Leopards’ season.

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WACO — Temple College scored one run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, and Davis Pratt kept Midland off the board in the final 2 1/3 innings to help the Leopards to a 5-3 victory Friday in the first round of the Region V tournament.

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Entering Wednesday afternoon, the Temple College Lady Leopards were on a positive trend. Temple had won seven straight games and nine of its last 10 before beginning a Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader with Grayson, which ranked second in the league.

So after taking advantage of a friendly portion of their schedule, the question looming over the Lady Leopards was how they would fare against one of the premier teams in their conference.

Temple College was coming off a split of its conference doubleheader at Cisco, where the Leopards allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth in the finale Wednesday as the Wranglers rallied for the split.

That feeling fueled the Leopards in their rematch Saturday, when TC made sure there wouldn’t be any late dramatics. In fact, Temple ensured that the contests not only finished in its favor, but also ended early.

Last Saturday, the Temple College Lady Leopards formulated a fourth-quarter rally that not only beat the Weatherford Lady Coyotes but secured a top-four seed and a first-round home game to begin the women’s Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference tournament.

The Temple College basketball programs wrapped up their regular-season campaigns Saturday at TC Gym with a Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader against Weatherford. With the conference conducting its own tournament this season, both TC teams already were guaranteed …

Playing their seventh game in the last 12 days, Temple College coach Amber Taylor knew that fatigue caused by the grueling grind of the Lady Leopards’ adjusted schedule might eventually catch up with her players.

Temple College opened Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference play last week with a trip to Weatherford, where the Leopards dropped both contests to the Coyotes. The season series shifted to the Danny Scott Sports Complex on Saturday, and the Leopards were eager to at least manage a split and avoid starting their conference slate 0-4.

The Leopards fell behind in both games Saturday but rallied to sweep the Coyotes. Temple (13-4, 2-2) held onto a 6-5 win in the opener and defeated Weatherford 9-6 in Game 2.