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.