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.
With a conference title a growing possibility and a postseason berth all but certain, the Temple College Leopards got a taste of playoff intensity Wednesday afternoon.
Seth Stephenson recorded five hits, Temple College showcased strong defense and stingy pitching, and the Leopards tallied 21 runs on 20 hits Wednesday afternoon to sweep another conference foe.
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’s busy basketball schedule continued Thursday night when the Leopards and Lady Leopards took the court for the second consecutive night and third time in four days.
ABILENE — Hannah Eggleston had a team-high 20 points, and West Division fourth seed Mary Hardin-Baylor defeated host and top-seed Hardin-Simmons 79-75 in overtime of an American Southwest Conference tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night at Mabee Complex.
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.