BULLARD — In what turned out to be a marathon 5-set match, the Bullard Lady Panthers prevailed over visiting Rusk's Lady Eagles, 3-2, at Panther Gymnasium Friday afternoon.
Rusk won the first game 25-29, with Bullard taking the second set, 25-21.
The Lady Eagles came right back and carved out a 25-16 decision in the third set before the Lady Panthers pulled off wins (25-12, 15-10) in the remaining games.
Ashley Searcy had 12 kills and three blocks to lead Bullard, who improved to 11-5 on the year with the win.
Defensively, Rachel Kelley and Mallory McCoy combined for 32 assists and 23 digs.
Bullard visits Arp on Tuesday evening, while the Lady Eagles will be a few miles up the road in Kilgore. Both matches are set for 6:30 p.m. starts.