BULLARD — District 16-3A basketball action kicked back into full gear after the holidays, and the Bullard girls and Chapel Hill boys came out with district titles in mind.
Lexi Kirgan led the Lady Panthers with 12 points and 10 rebounds en route to a 58-53 win over the Lady Bulldogs.
And the Bulldogs boys team got 18 points from point guard Julius Hill to post a 57-38 win in the nightcap of the varsity split at Panther gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs dropped to 16-7 on the year, and 3-2 in league play. The Lady Bulldogs next play host to Henderson on Friday night at Bulldog gymnasium at 6 p.m. in a boys and girls doubleheader. The Lady Panthers remained unbeaten in league play at 5-0 and improved 17-8 on the season.
The Bulldogs remained undefeated in district play at 4-0 and improved 14-7 overall.
Bullard (11-12, 0-2) plays a doubleheader also as it travels to Henderson on Friday with a 6 p.m. tipoff scheduled for the girls’ game. The boys’ contests will follow the conclusion of the girls’ varsity contests.
After leading by as many as 18 points and taking a 15-5 lead to begin the game, Chapel Hill scored 22 points in the final quarter to make it an exciting finish in the game.
The Lady Panthers went cold for 3:35 in the final period while the Lady ‘Dogs scrapped their way back into the game.
Lexi Kirgan scored six of her team-high 12 points in the final quarter to hold off the Chapel Hill 25-15 scoring advantage, falling short in the end.
Bridgette Taylor and Lexi Abercrombie scored 11 points apiece to add to the Lady Panthers’ win.
D’Errica Campbell led Chapel Hill with 19 points, 11 coming in the final period flurry for the Lady Dogs. Meanwhile, teammate Shay Ross added 14 points.
Chapel Hill’s Julius Hill hit for 18 points and teammate Michael Harris came off the bench to score 13 in the win.
The Bullard Panthers could not buy a bucket in the first half, scoring eight points in each of the opening quarters, trailing 23-16 at the halftime break.
Bullard’s Scott Lowrie kept the Panthers close in the opening half with 10 of his 12 points before Chapel Hill adjusted at the break.
“Our defense was the difference in the second half,” Bulldog head coach Robert Sampson said. “Scott (Lowrie) was killing us in the first half but we made some adjustments to slow him down and the defense just really did a great job for us.”
Harris and Keith Minor controlled the boards in the final half, finishing with 10 rebounds each.
Bullard kept it within 10 points throughout the first three quarters, but the ‘Dogs warmed up to outscore Bullard 20-10 in the final quarter to seal the win.
Bullard got 17 points from Corbin Howard to lead the Panther scoring, and Lowrie finishing with 12 were the only Panthers to score more than three-points.
Bullard 58, Chapel Hill 53
Chapel Hill 5 13 10 25 — 53
Bullard 15 18 10 15 — 58
CHAPEL HILL — Dairja Maddox, 6; D’Errica Campbell, 19; Gabby Brooks, 8; Shay Ross, 14; Brandi Gouldthorpe, 6.
BULLARD — Bridgette Taylor, 11; Nikki Johnson, 3; Taylor Frederick, 6; Lexi Kirgan, 12; Maddy Slayter, 11; Lexi Abercrombie, 8; Brittany Hinton 7.
THREE-POINT GOALS — CH: Campbell 3. B: Taylor 2, Abercrombie 2, Slayter, Frederick..
RECORDS — Chapel Hill 16-7 (3-2). Bullard 17-8 (5-0).
NEXT UP — Kilgore at Chapel Hill, 6 p.m. Friday; Bullard at Henderson, 6 p.m. Friday.
Chapel Hill 57, Bullard 38
Chapel Hill 15 8 13 21 — 57
Bullard 8 8 12 10 — 38
CHAPEL HILL — D.J. Simmons, 10; D.D. Mumphrey, 2; Gabriel Robinson, 2; Michael Harris, 13; Jordan McDonald, 2; Julius Hill, 18; Keith Minor, 8; Kevin Kennedy, 2.
BULLARD — Corbin Howard, 17; Chandler Clark, 1; Zach Eschberger, 3; Scott Lowrie, 12; Landon Beckham, 2; Hunter Landrum, 3.
THREE-POINT GOALS — CH: Simmons 2, Hill. B: Howard 2, Eshberger.
RECORDS — Chapel Hill 14-7 (4-0). Bullard11-12 (0-3).
NEXT UP — Kilgore at Chapel Hill, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Bullard at Henderson, 7:30 p.m. Friday.