Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Chapel Hill Bulldogs boys remain undefeated in District 16-3A basketball after outlasting Bullard 57-38 win over the Panthers.
The Lady Panthers made it a split earlier in the night with a surprising Chapel Hill rally to come within two-points with one-minute left. Bullard regrouped to pull out the win, 58-53 on Tuesday night at Panther gymnasium.
Chapel Hill Lady Bulldogs drops to 16-7 on the year, and 3-2 in league play. The Lady Bulldogs next play host to Henderson on Friday night at Bulldog Gymnasium at 6 p.m. in a boys’-girls’ doubleheader. The Lady Panthers remain unbeaten in league play at 5-0 and 17-8 on the season.
The Bulldogs remain undefeated in district play at 4-0 and 14-7 overall.
Bullard (11-12; 0-2), plays a doubleheader also as they travel to Henderson on Friday with a 6 p.m. tipoff scheduled for the girls’ game. The boy’s contests will follow the conclusion of the girls’ varsity contests.
Bullard 58, Chapel Hill 53
Lexi Kirgan led the Lady Panthers with 12- points and ten rebounds, and scored a basket late to end the Chapel Hill run after pulling within 53-51 with one-minute left.
Lady Panther Brittany Hinton made a steal and a layup made it a 57-51, Bullard lead.
Chapel Hill’s top scorer, D’Errica Campbell came back with her 19th point to close the gap but a Bridgette Taylor free throw was the final icing on the win to remain unscathed in league play.
After leading by as many as 18-points after taking the 15-5 lead to begin the game, Chapel Hill scored 22 points in the final quarter to make it an exciting finish in the game.
The Lady Panthers went cold for 3:35 in the final period while the Lady ‘Dogs scrapped their way back into the game as Campbell and Gabby Brooks went on tears. Brooks scored six of her eight points in the Chapel Hill rally.
Lexi Kirgan scored six of her team-high 12 points in the final quarter to hold off the Chapel Hill 25-15 scoring advantage, and started the nails in the Lady Bulldogs coffin.
Bridgette Taylor and Lexi Abercrombie scored 11 points apiece to add to the Lady Panthers win.
Chapel Hill 57, Bullard 38
A well-rounded team effort was led by 18-points from point guard Julius Hill, to post up the 57-38 win in the nightcap. Bullard’s Scott Lowrie was about all the Panthers offense could muster with the post scoring ten of his twelve points in the first half.
As a team the Panthers trailed 23-16 at the half.
“I’m not sure what out shooting percentage was, and don’t really want to,” said a disappointed Bullard head coach, Shane Chambless. “We didn’t shoot well the entire game, and they are a tough team to defend against with a lot of outside shooters, and big men inside that can give each other a break and not miss much in the paint area.
“But we need to focus on the basics and get back to blocking out and controlling the paint the way we have in our wins,” added Chambless. “Scott (Lowrie) had a good game and had it not been for him in the first half it could have been really ugly but they doubled hum up in the second half and we just could not get the shots to fall.”
Bulldog postman, Michael Harris scored 13 and grabbed 10 rebounds, all but two in the final half. Adding to the pull-away was Keith Minor with eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Bullard Panthers woes continued after halftime after Chapel Hill adjusted at the break.
Bullard’s Corbin Howard tried to pick up the Panthers scoring slack with 12 of his team-high 17-points. Along with Lowrie’s dozen points, there were no Panthers with more than three-points in the shooting freeze.