BULLARD — Freshman point guard Minta Spears keyed a 15-3 third-quarter run as Bullard outscored Robert E. Lee 17-9 in the third segment on the way to a 68-49 season opening victory over the Lady Raiders Monday at Panther Gymnasium.

Spears scored 19 points in her varsity debut, including five three-pointers in the game while dishing out 10 assists and adding five steals for Bullard, the No. 8 ranked team in Class 3A.

The third quarter Lady Panther outburst sealed REL’s fate as Bullard led 50-37 after three segments of play.

Senior post Danielle Heithoff, a Lamar University signee, led all scorers with 26 points.

Abby Covalt pitched in nine and Kayle Welling added six points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Raiders (0-1) were paced by a 14-point effort from Squirtisha Moore.

Bullard (1-0) returns to action at 5:30 p.m Saturday at Henderson.

Laneville edges Lady Hornets, 44-39

NEW SUMMERFIELD — Fouls plagued New Summerfield as Laneville went to the charity strip 40 times to just 15 trips by the Lady Hornets as Laneville hung on late to edge the Lady Hornets 44-39 in the season opener Tuesday night.

Each team scored 26 points in the second half, but Laneville’s 18-13 intermission lead proved to be enough for the Lady ‘Jackets to escape New Summerfield Gymnasium with the victory.

“Turnovers and our foul situation hurt us tonight,” New Summerfield head coach Josh Faucett said. “We had three girls to foul out and we have to be able to erase those types of mental errors.”

Daisy Vargas and Ana Hernandez each scored 13 points to lead New Summerfield offensively.

Other Lady Hornets breaking into the scoring column were Justine Derret (4), Gladys Zuniga, Stacy Suarez, Bria Mims and Brittany Blanton who each scored two points.

Amanda Leon rounded things out for New Summerfield with one point.

The Lady Hornets return to action at 5 p.m Tuesday when they play host to Carlisle. New Summerfield’s Friday game with Beckville has been cancelled due to Beckville’s volleyball team being in the playoffs.

Lady Eagles get tripped up in Athens

ATHENS — Rusk had difficulty containing Athens’ Alex Furr — Furr pored in 31 points for the Lady Hornets — as the Lady Eagles fell 77-29 in the season opener for both clubs.

Athens out pointed Rusk in every quarter, with the Lady Eagles having their best success in the third stanza. The Lady Hornets put 14 points on the board during the period while Rusk notched nine.

Jasmine Harris topped the Lady Eagles with 16 points.

The Lady Eagles are back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. when they visit Elkhart.

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