Senior Bridgette Taylor answeredd the playoff bell for the Bullard Lady Panthers by pumping in a game-high 17-points to lead the way to a 56-46 win over Mineola in Class 3A, Region 2, bi-district affair that was played at Tyler Junior College’s, Wagstaff Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Taylor scored 10 points in the first half as the Lady Panthers took a 32-20, lead in at the intermission. Taylor finished up the game with a double-double grabbing ten rebounds, adding five steals and four assists.
Mineola’s, Jordan Dawson did her best to counter Taylor’s efforts, scoring seven of her 12-points in the opening quarter to keep pace for Mineola early on.
Turnovers began to take their toll in the second quarter as Bullard took an 11-point lead at 25-14 as Brittany Hinton made an old-fashioned, 3-point play with 4:26 left before the half.
Bullard’s Deanna Howard made two charity tosses to make it a 30-17 contest, with 1:27 left before the break.
Taylor Fredrick buried a 3-pointer to start the third quarter but hitting a scoring drought before Bridgette Taylor hit back-to-back buckets to push Bullard back up by a 41-26 count midway through the third stanza.
Lexi Kirgan made two of her 12-points with 21-seconds left before the third quarter buzzer for a 45-32, Lady Panther cushion. Kirgan added ten rebounds, blocked four shots and made three steals.
The Lady Jackets however were not going down without a fight.
Mineola got two buckets from Kelsey Green to pull back within nine-points before Lexi Abercrombie buried her second 3-pointer for a 48-36, Lady Panther advantage with plenty of time left on the clock for the Lady Jackets.
Baskets by Dawson and Kelsey Green were matched by Taylor and Kirgan as the teams remained at a 10-point bulge for the remainder of the contest for four-minutes.
Mineola’s, Sister Green nailed a 3-pointer and was fouled. She converted the free throw to cut the Bullard lead to 52-46 with 1:47 left in regulation.
Taylor tipped a steal to Slayter with one-minute left, and on the other end, Kirgan ripped down her 10th rebound and scored for a 54-46 lead for the Lady Panthers. Hinton and Taylor added a free throw apiece for the 56-46 final score.
The Lady Jackets finish up the season with a 16-15 record.
Bullard 55, Mineola 46
Bullard 16 16 13 10 - 55
Mineola 10 10 12 14 - 46
BULLARD – Taylor Frederick, 3; Brittany Hinton, 9; Bridgette Taylor, 17; Deanna Howard, 2; Lexi Abercrombie, 8; Madison Slayter, 3; Lexi Kirgan, 12.
MINEOLA – Sophia Heard, 2; Madalyn Newell, 2; Lauren Almuete,2 ; Sister Green, 15; Jordan Dawson, 15; Kelsey Green, 11.
THREE-POINT GOALS – B: Abercrombie 2, Frederick, Taylor. M: S. Green, K. Green.
RECORDS – Mineola 16-15. Bullard 25-6.
NEXT UP – Mineola's season is over. Bullard vs Pleasant Grove, Fri., at Hallsville High School. 7 p.m.