Eagles open up Coliseum with win

RUSK — The evening’s festivities did not end with the late-afternoon ribbon cutting ceremonies that marked the opening of Eagle Coliseum.

The party was just getting started as the Rusk Eagles dropped Diboll 56-49 in a District 18-3A battle in the Eagles’ first game in their new building.

Rusk churned out a 30-22 halftime lead and then made it stand with their play over the final two periods.

Cornellous Lewis had a huge night as the senior forward was the game’s high scorer with 24 points. Lewis went on to wrap up a double-double by pulling down 12 rebounds as well.

Michael Katon also had a noteworthy game, with 14 rebounds to go along his seven points and five assists for the Eagles (16-8, 3-5).

Other Eagles to make their way into the scoring book were, Kalen Skinner (8), Derrick Sanders (8), Taj Cleaver (4) and John David Beard (3).

Rusk head coach Tracy Kincade was pleased to get the district decision on the special night.

“We played well in spots, but not for the entire game,” he said. “I was pleased with our defense though and it was good to come out with a district win on the opening night at Eagle Coliseum.”

In junior varsity action, Delshawn Session and Josh Randolf combined to score 21 points, led by Session’s 11, as the Eagles beat the Lumberjacks 40-33.

Ray Harris added seven points for Rusk as well.

The Eagles visit Huntington Friday for a 7:30 p.m. district battle.

No. 3 Bullard girls wear out Gilmer 85-47

BULLARD — Another District 17-3A game for the Bullard Lady Panthers and another blowout win as Bullard, ranked No. 3 in the state, smacked Gilmer 85-47 at Panther Gymnasium Tuesday evening.

After leading 20-12 after the first period, the Lady Panthers exploded for 26 points in the second stanza while holding the Lady Buckeyes to just nine as Bullard (25-3, 6-0) enjoyed a 46-21 halftime advantage.

The third quarter brought more of the same as Bullard extended their margin to 41 points, 69-28.

Danielle Heithoff guided the Lady Panthers with a 24-point performance followed by fellow-senior Calli Miller who netted 21.

Minta Spears chipped in 16 for Bullard, including one 3-pointer.

The game marked the return of Christina Hatten who went down with an injury in pre-season drills. Hatten, a starter last year, finished with five points for the Lady Panthers, including one bucket from long range.

Gilmer’s Reyven Osborne led all scorers with 26 points.

The Lady Buckeyes slipped to 1-5 in district as a result of the loss.

Bullard travels to Tatum Friday for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.

Panthers get past Buckeyes 65-53

BULLARD — Brandon Beavers scored 18 points and shagged 18 boards as well to go along with his seven blocks as Bullard toppled Gilmer 65-53 in a District 17-3A contest played at Panther Gymnasium Tuesday night.

Bullard is now 17-9 overall, 3-1 in district play while the Buckeyes drop to 1-3 in loop action.

Gilmer received double-figure efforts from Zach Jones, 17 points, and Tristen Holt, 15 points.

The Panthers travel to Tatum Friday for a key league encounter. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Troup drops district game to Central Heights

CENTRAL HEIGHTS — A slow start — Troup was outscored 21-7 in the opening stanza — was all Central Heights needed to roll to a 59-48 district win over the Tigers at Central Heights Tuesday.

The Tigers turned in strong efforts in the second stanza, outscoring the Blue Devils 16-15 and in the final frame when Troup scored 17 points to just nine by Central Heights (5-3 in district).

Troup placed three players in double figures, led by Der’rikk Thompson’s 17 points.

Jeremy Ware added 14 and Nick Reeves pumped in 10.

The Tigers (11-13, 2-6 in district) host Frankston at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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