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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.

Temple College coach Clifton Ellis said his team has not had a problem securing leads against its Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference opponents this season. The difficulty for the Leopards has been closing out those contests for victories.

The Temple College Lady Leopards shot 31 percent and allowed 81 points in their last meeting with Ranger. On Saturday afternoon at TC Gym, Temple knew it had come a long way since that conference-opening defeat last month.

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It seemed only fitting that Temple College’s doubleheader against McLennan would end with a home run. After all, the two sides combined for 11 fence-clearing hits entering the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the Lady Leopards’ Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference twin bill with the Highlassies.

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In their first games back at TC Gym since last week’s winter storm caused a 12-day delay to their respective schedules, Temple College’s basketball programs showed varying amounts of rust Wednesday night.

After dropping their Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference openers at Ranger last week, the Temple College men’s and women’s basketball teams returned home Wednesday night in need of victories as they hosted Southwestern Christian and its teams that also were in search of their f…