KILGORE — The Bullard Lady Panthers remained in the drivers seat in the District 16-3A standings after escaping with a 39-36 decision over Kilgore on Friday evening at Panther Gymnasium.
Bullard (14-8, 3-0) used a balanced attack — Lexi Kirgen, Bridget Taylor and Lexi Abercrombie combined to score 26 points — to put away the pesky lady Bulldogs, who fall to 5-11 overall, 2-2 in conference.
Annie Mehringer scored a game-high 14 points to pace the Kilgore effort.
Taylor played extremely well in the second half to spark Bullard, who is not slated to return to action until 2:15 p.m. Monday when the Lady Panthers entertain former district rival Athens.
She buried back-to-back buckets to open the second half and propelled her squad to a 36-29 lead after three quarters of play.
Mehringer drained a late triple that pulled the Lady Bulldogs to thing three points with three seconds to go in the game, but the Lady Panthers were able to grind things out from that point on and record the win.
Boys: Kilgore 59, Bullard 49
One big run was it all took for the Bulldogs of Kilgore to improve to 3-1 in district play as the Ragin' Red outscored the Panthers 22-8 during a spurt that began in the second stanza and concluded near the mid point of quarter three.
When the final horn had sounded it was Kilgore 59 and Bullard 49.
The loss drops the Panthers to 9-8 overall, 1-2 in league action.
The game could have been much more one sided had the Panthers not cleaned up on the free throw line.
Bullard shot 21-of-31 (67.7%) from the charity line to keep things close.
Nick Orange led Kilgore with 17 points and Trey Conrad added nine.
The Panthers were led by Corbin Howard and Scott Lowrie who scored16 and 13 points respectively.
Bullard will open play in the Tyler Junior College Wagstaff Classic today. The tournament runs through Saturday.