NEW CHAPEL HILL â€” Chapel Hill has been rolling since Decemberâ€™s Wagstaff Holiday Classic. The run now includes a district title.
Keith Minor scored 19 points and Michael Harris added 17 as the Bulldogs claimed the District 16-3A championship with a commanding 79-39 win against Bullard in a boys basketball matchup Friday night at the CHHS Gymnasium.
â€śThatâ€™s awesome,â€ť Bulldogs coach Robert Sampson said. â€śFor us to win the district championship is a great feat.â€ť
The game capped a doubleheader that also featured the Chapel Hill and Bullard girls teams. Bullard staved off Chapel Hillâ€™s late comeback attempt to win 59-54 in the opener.
Chapel Hill (20-6, 9-0) used its size, athleticism, passing abilities and deep bench to take control of the game and never look back. Minor and Harris, both post players, used their respective strengths in the post to help drop Bullard to 13-15 on the season and 4-5 in district.
Minor, a lefty, scored the final three baskets of the opening half to help the Bulldogs enter halftime with a 37-19 lead. He added another 11 points in the second half while also finishing the night with seven rebounds.
Harris, the starting post, was quiet during the third quarter but had nine in the fourth, during which Chapel Hill outscored the Panthers 25-10 to win by 40 points.
Bullardâ€™s top scorer was guard Corbin Howard, who finished the night with 11 points.
Brittany Hinton led with 16 points, Bridgette Taylor scored 15 points and 6-0 freshman Lexi Kirgan added 13 as Bullard avoided the upset after falling to Kilgore last week.
Maddy Slayter added 10 points for the Lady Panthers, who led 41-31 with less than three minutes left in the third quarter but werenâ€™t able to pull away.
Bullardâ€™s defense stepped up in the final moments, forcing two turnovers to deny the Lady Bulldogs an opportunity for a game-tying or winning shot. The Lady Panthers (22-9, 10-1), who entered the night already district champs, made 3 of 4 free throws during the final 16 seconds to put the game out of reach.
Chapel Hill (18-10, 6-5) guard Dâ€™Errica Campbell turned in another impressive performance, finishing the night with a game-high 21 points â€” 14 coming in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs were also represented in double figures by post Shay Ross, who contributed 14 points to the offensive effort.
Chapel Hill 79, Bullard 39
Bullard 8 11 10 10 â€” 39
Chapel Hill 18 19 17 25 â€” 79
BULLARD â€” Devin Alvey, 3; Scott Lowrie, 7; Hunter Landrum, 9; Corbin Howard, 11; Landon Beckham, 6; Chandler Clark, 3.
CHAPEL HILL â€” Kevone Kennedy, 10; Keilon Moore, 2; Keith Minor, 19; Kavondre Wallace, 9; Michael Harris, 17; DD Mumphrey, 8; Julius Hill, 5; DJ Sammons, 9.
THREE-POINT GOALS â€” B: Clark, Beckham, Landrum, Howard, Alvey. CH: Sammons, Hill, Kennedy.
RECORDS â€” Bullard 13-15 (4-5); Chapel Hill 20-6 (9-0).
NEXT UP â€” Henderson at Bullard, 8 p.m. Tuesday; Chapel Hill at Kilgore, 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Bullard 59, Chapel Hill 54
Bullard 16 11 17 15 â€” 59
Chapel Hill 13 11 14 14 â€” 54
BULLARD â€” Bridgette Taylor, 15; Maddy Slayter, 10; Lexi Kirgan, 12; Brittany Hinton, 16; Taylor Frederick, 5.
CHAPEL HILL â€” Gabby Brooks, 6; Dâ€™Errica Campbell, 21; Brandi Gouldthorpe, 2; Dai-Jashnae Maddox, 5; Shay Ross, 14; Dakota Hauk, 3; Paige Hintz, 3.
THREE-POINT GOALS â€” B: Slayer, Taylor, Frederick. CH: Hauk, Maddox, Campbell.
RECORDS â€” Bullard 22-9 (10-1); Chapel Hill 18-10 (6-5).
NEXT UP â€” Henderson at Bullard, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; Chapel Hill at Kilgore, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.