Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 14, 2014

Class 3A Area Round: Pleasant Grove treys sink Bullard girls

Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress



 On Friday night, at Bobcat Sports Complex in Hallsville Pleasant Grove made up for its lack of size with speed, and a tenacious defense and, more importantly eight 3-pointers.


That combination was enough to give the Lady Hawks from Texarkana a 62-45 victory over Bullard's Lady Panthers in a Class 3A,Region II, Area fray.

The Lady Hawks never shied away from the long ball and came out bombing away from the 3-point arch.

Rene Walker rung up 13-points, in the opening quarter to lead to a 21-7, first quarter advantage for Pleasant Grove. Walker nailed three of her five 3-pointers in the game in the opening stanza.

Bullard finally broke through in the second quarter after a drought beginning in the first stanza of five minutes when Lexi Kirgan scored off a Bridgette Taylor assist but a 23-9, Lady Hawk cushion.

Pleasant Grove answered back with two treys from Faith Lipham, before Kirgan made one of 11 rebounds and made the put back at the halftime buzzer and a 36-21, Lady Hawk cruise.

The Lady Panthers finally hit stride from the three-point circle as Lexi Abercrombie opened up the half with the second of her three treys in the game, to clip the PG lead to eight-points, 42-34.

After battling back into the game, Bullard could not convert from the free throw line going 1-of-10, while the Lady Hawks were 14-of-19 at the charity stripe to stretch the lead to the 62-45, final.

Walker finished up with 28-points to lead all scorers, while teammate Bretta Wacha netted 13-points and six assists to pace the Lady Hawks win.

Lady Panther, Abercrombie and her three treys totaled up for 11-points to lead the Bullard scoring in her final basketball game for Bullard.

Kirgan, a sophomore for Bullard almost totaled out a double-double with nine-points to go with her 11 rebounds and four blocks.

Senior, Bridgette Taylor was held in check with seven-points, but added six rebounds, five steals, and four assists in her final Bullard hoops outing.

Bullard ends their season with a 25-5 record. Bullard graduates five seniors, Taylor Frederick, Brittany Hinton, Bridgette Taylor, Nikki Johnson and Lexi Abercrombie.



Pleasant Grove 62, Bullard 45

Bullard 7 14 13 11 - 45

Pleasant Grove 21 15 6 20 - 62

BULLARD - Taylor Frederick, 2; Brittany Hinton, 3; Bridgette Taylor, 7; Deanna Howard, 3; Lexi Abercrombie, 11; Madison Slayter, 8; Lexi Kirgan, 8.

PLEASANT GROVE – Carley Barrett, 2; Kelsey Kempson, 4; Faith Lipham, 6; Bretta Wacha, 13; Hayley Harp, 9; Rene Walker, 28.

THREE-POINT GOALS - B: Abercrombie 3, Howard, Slayter 2. PG: Walker 5, Wacha, Lipham 2.

RECORDS – Bullard 25-7. Pleasant Grove 27-4.