Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

December 18, 2013

Class 3A Prep Hoops: Bullard girls, boys defeat Rusk

BULLARD —   For several years, Rusk and Bullard were in the same district and created it’s own Battle of Hwy. 69.

Although not a league match up, any time the two teams compete, the East Texas roots come out and it’s always a hotly contested battle.

The Bullard Panthers were up to defending home court with a three-game sweep on Tuesday night at anther Gymnasium.

The Lady Panthers rode 20-points and eight rebounds from Lexi Kirgan to a 64-36 thrashing in the first game. The Bullard boy’s followed up with a commanding 74-56, win over the Eagles in the nightcap in 3-point showcase.

 

GIRLS GAME

Bullard 64, Rusk 36

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 17-4 lead after one period and never looked back.

Bullard post, Lexi Kirgan controlled the inside with 20-points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the win.

We needed that one bad,” said Chris Hightower the girl’s assistant coach. “We have been struggling the past few weeks with injuries and some girl’s being sick but it’s always good to get to play at home, the home crowd is always a big boost.

They lost one of their big players, and that was unfortunate early on, and we got a great game out of our big girl, Lexi Kirgan.

We had several players in double-digits and we were really pleased with the defensive effort, “ Hightower added.

The tenacious Bullard defense forced Rusk to live or die by the 3-pointer, and Rusk could not answer the challenge.

Lexi Abercrombie nailed her only 3-pointer of the game to push Bullard to a 17-2 lead in the opening stanza. Bullard point guard, Taylor Frederick put an emphasis before the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer, and a 39-16, Bullard cushion.

Kirgan had 15 of her 20-points in the opening half, as well as five rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals at intermission.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • RNIZRWPNXJDDLGT.20140225144737.jpg Locals Hamlett, Trotter prepare for SHSU swan song

    The Sam Houston State University Bearkats will have a brand new head coach and an unfamiliar quarterback this season.

    But the Southland Conference (NCAA, Football Championship Series) team will return a rock-solid nucleus, including Cory Hamlett, a senior who prepped at Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School graduate John Trotter, who will also be in his final year playing for the orange squad from Huntsville.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_4906.JPG Johnson hired as Lady Guard basketball coach

    In filling its opening for a head girl's basketball coach, The Brook Hill School turned to Ivan Johnson, a coach that has been has achieved playoff success in TAPPS circles.

    Johnson was introduced as Brook Hill's man to lead the Lady Guard hoop charges Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that was held on campus at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • baseball.jpg TTA Youth baseball: Rusk Rangers 8U open state play with 2 wins

    Rusk's trio of youth baseball teams particpating in various Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association state tournaments remained alive going into Wednesday evening's games.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Updated cover tease art.jpg Bullard's Rumbelow rapidly rising up through ranks in Yankee farm system

    In just over a month Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High School pitching standout, will be celebrating his 23rd birthday.

    Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian head.jpg Jacksonville Football Camp set for Aug. 4

    Jacksonville High School will be hosting a free football camp, targeted towards for all incoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade football players, on Aug 4-5.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Rusk qualifies 4 teams for TTA state baseball tournaments

    There will we far fewer youth baseball players, coaches, family members and supporters roaming the streets of Rusk this week.

    That's because, county them, four teams from Rusk will be competing at venues around Central and East Texas in various Texas Teenage-Baseball Association state championship tournaments.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Wright + mug.jpg Jacksonville finds new defensive a few miles down Highway 79

    Jacksonville athletic director/head football coach Chris Taber said that DeJoran “D. J.” Wright, former co-defensive coordinator at Palestine High School, was a logical choice to take over as the Tribe's new defensive coordinator for several reasons — most importantly was Wright's “X's and O's” philosophy.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • prca_logo1.jpg Wells roper snares a nice payday at Snake River Stampede

    Tyler McKnight, of Wells, and team roping partner Jake Cooper, won first place in the opening round of the Snake River Stampede (rodeo) that was held last week in Nampa, Idaho.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-19-SA + foto.jpg Jacksonville College's Abboud pays dividends for Israel’s WNT

    Jacksonville College women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie is expecting great things from incoming sophomore Shahd Abboud, who hails from Shefa-Amr, Israel, when the Lady Jags report on Aug. 16 for the fall semester.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Area softball teams wrap up play in TTA state tourneys

    Two Cherokee County youth softball teams concluded their respective runs at Texas Teen-Age Softball Association state tournaments earlier this week.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo