Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Bullard and Kilgore basketball programs split big games in District 16-3A basketball action Friday night at Panther Gymnasium.
Earlier in the girl’s contest, Lady Panthers Bridgette Taylor scored 19, and Brittany Hinton added 12 to lead to a 49-44, to hand Kilgore their first setback in league play to start the night.
The Bulldogs however dominated the boards and road to an easy 59-38 win to remain undefeated at 7-0 in league play. Trey Conrod nailed four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 21-points in the win.
The Bulldogs will enjoy an open date on Tuesday before traveling to Gladewater on Friday, Jan. 31.
Bullard will take to the road to play Gladewater in a doubleheader, with the girl’s playing first at 6 p.m., followed by the boys varsity on Tuesday.
Bullard 49, Kilgore 44
The Bullard Lady Panthers handed the Kilgore ladies their first district setback in an exciting
49-44, at Panther Gymnasium, on Friday night.
Lady Panther sharp-shooter, Bridgette Taylor was one her game with a game-high 19-points, and a critical 3-pointer to pace the win. Backcourt teammate, Brittany Hinton had a great defensive game with six steals and scored 12-points to the win after a fourth quarter rally that proved to be the difference.
Tied at 13-13 after one period, the Lady Bulldogs took a two-point, 22-20 halftime lead.
The Lady Panthers regrouped in the dressing room at the half and came around for the win.
“We just did a much better job in the second half,” said Bullard head coach, Barry Gill. “The girl’s did a great job of holding their composure, executed on both ends of the floor, and just really battled.”
Bullard (21-6; 6-2), kept their playoff hopes alive and blemished the Kilgore ledger with a strong second half.
The game was a back-and-forth affair until the final period before two buckets by Lexi Kirgan and a Taylor Frederick 3-pointer opened up the Bullard lead.
Free throws by Kilgore’s Casey Burke (10-13), kept Kilgore within striking distance but the ball-handling of Taylor and Frederick ran down the clock on the Lady Bulldogs undefeated league hopes.
The JV Lady Panthers junior varsity also defeated Kilgore 36-25, behind nine-points from Abby Story, and Branay Crayton with seven-points.
Kilgore 59, Bullard 38
The Bulldogs came out running and dominated the offensive boards in the first half to lead to the commanding 59-38, Kilgore win.
Kilgore jumped to a 14-6 lead in the opening quarter and lead 30-20 at intermission.
“They are a really solid team and they really hurt us on the offensive boards in the first half,” said Bullard head coach, Shane Chambless.
Trey Conrod was on fire from outside with four, 3-pointers and a 21-points to pace seven Bulldog scorers in the game. Stefan Tatum was in double-digits for the Bulldogs with 10-points.
Hunter Landrum led the Panthers with 16-points, and made one trey, while teammate Landon Beckham added two 3-pointers and finished the game with eight-points.
The Bulldogs held a 40-26 lead going into the final stanza before Conrod heated up again for Kilgore.