en Swinging for the fences: girls softball under way countywide <p> Munroe<br /> MACLAY&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 15<br /> MUNROE&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 7<br /> The visiting Maclay Marauders struck in the first inning for 4 runs but Munroe answered for 2 in the bottom of the first inning.&nbsp; Maclay then scored seven runs over the next three innings to the Lady Cats six runs and the game stayed close until the top of the fifth.&nbsp; A few hits combined with a few Munroe errors gave Maclay four runs that Munroe could never answer.<br /> Panthers sink claws into district title <p> After completing their regular season schedule with an impressive record of 25-2, the Panthers entered into the District Tournament, which was hosted at Panama City&rsquo;s Bozeman High School.<br /> West Gadsden smashed Liberty County 74-43 in their first game of the tournament, en route to the championship game.<br /> The Panthers faced the Franklin County Seahawks in the Championship game; after a slow start they turned up their defensive intensity and went on to win by a score of 59-36.<br /> Hometown rivalry: Panthers pounce <img src="" alt="An East Gadsden player concentrates on scoring as he takes a free-throw shot during Saturday’s game. " title="An East Gadsden player concentrates on scoring as he takes a free-throw shot during Saturday’s game. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> QUINCY &mdash; This past Saturday East and West Gadsden brought their regular seasons to a close with their annual showdown at James A. Shanks Gymnasium.<br /> West Gadsden looked to complete its sweep after having won the first round of this rivalry series in Havana earlier this season; East Gadsden, on the other hand, entered the contest in search of revenge.<br /> The anticipation and excitement was felt throughout the packed gym as the teams jogged onto the court. Both teams looked very poised as they stretched and ran through their pre-game drills.<br /> One local girls basketball team still in season play <p> District tournaments were held this past week and only one of four county girls basketball teams will still be playing basketball this week. East Gadsden narrowly missed a championship while Munroe, Tallavana Christian and West Gadsden all ended their seasons in semifinal action.<br /> Bobcat boys drop final four regular season games <p> An already difficult season ended with four losses for the Munroe Varsity Boys. The Bobcats dropped decisions to Altha, North Florida Christian, Liberty County and Poplar Springs.<br /> &ldquo;Yes, this season has definitely been a struggle,&rdquo; said Head Coach Joey Birdsong. &ldquo;We commit too many turnovers and our shot selection isn&rsquo;t what it needs to be, but the upside is the kids are all still working and trying to improve. We&rsquo;ve got the district tournament next week, so we still have a chance to find some success.<br /> Countywide girls basketball continues <p> Munroe<br /> The Munroe girls basketball team had a 1-1 week against two district opponents.&nbsp; The team lost to visiting FAMU-DRS by&nbsp; lopsided score but then defeated Tallavana Christian on Thursday night for a district win.<br /> FAMU 63&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MUNROE 15<br /> Jags eyeing district title; Panthers poised to pounce <p> During the Christmas break, East and West Gadsden competed in basketball tournaments in an effort to both improve and prepare for the second half of the season.<br /> On Dec. 26 to 29, West Gadsden traveled to Thomasville , Ga., to play in the State Farm<br /> Hoop Fest Tournament; during the trip the Panthers defeated Barron County but suffered losses to Thomasville High and Seminole County. Coach Andrew Moten said his team &ldquo;started to decline in free-throw percentage. In both of our losses we missed double-digit attempts from the free-throw line.&rdquo; &nbsp;<br /> Raiders tame Jaguars in tough match-up <img src="" alt="An East Gadsden Jaguar has control of the basketball in the Dec. 12 game against the Raiders of Rickards." title="An East Gadsden Jaguar has control of the basketball in the Dec. 12 game against the Raiders of Rickards." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> This past Friday night the Jaguars traveled to Leon County to take on the Rickards Raiders; shortly after the referee threw the ball up at half-court it was clear the Jaguars were a bit overmatched. &nbsp;<br /> The Raiders jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and carried a 22-10 lead into the second quarter quarter.<br />