Lady Panthers claim win against Lindale, take fourth place at Eustace tourney

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Bullard Lady Panthers 55,

Lindale Lady Eagles 30, FINAL

BHS: 16 17 16 6 - 55

LHS: 5 12 5 8 - 30

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team was back on the prowl in the 2017-2018 season schedule last week, as the team began the week on the road, traveling to battle against the Lindale Lady Eagles Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Lindale High School.

In the first quarter, the visiting Bullard squad pushed their way forward with a strong offensive surge, racing past and outscoring the higher-classified home team Lindale team, 16-5.

The Lady Panthers were able to continue their offensive ways in the second quarter of play, as Bullard netted 17points, compared to Lindale’s 12 points of offensive production. At the halftime break, Bullard led Lindale, 33-17.

After the teams made their way back to the court to resume action in the second half, the visiting Lady Panthers grounded the home team Lady Eagles with another lights-out offensive showcase in the third quarter, collecting a total of 16 points, while using their hard defensive play to limit the opposition to just five points.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles attempted a rally late, soaring to outscore the Lady Panthers, 8-6. However, the Lady Panthers’ efforts offensively throughout the contest had already secured the eventual outcome, as Bullard claimed victory over Lindale, 55-30.

Sophomore forward Erin Berry was the pack leader for the Lady Panthers in the contest against the Lady Eagles, netting a total of 17 points, including five three-pointers.

Other significant contributors for the Lady Panthers against the Lady Eagles included senior center Allie Kirgan, with 16 points; sophomore forward Haley Day, with nine points; junior guard Sydney Foster, with six points; freshman forward Bailey Smith, with three points; sophomore forward Hailey Minton, with two points; and senior center Bailey Baker, with two points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 66,

Grand Saline Lady Indians 19, FINAL

BHS: 17 24 13 12 - 66

GSHS: 6 4 6 3 - 19

With the victory over the Lindale Lady Eagles to their credit, the Bullard Lady Panthers continued basketball action, as the team loaded the bus and battled through the tough competition at the Eustace Basketball Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Eustace High School.

In the Eustace Basketball Tournament, the Lady Panthers began with pool play Thursday, taking on the Grand Saline Lady Indians in the first contest.

The Lady Panthers established the tone of momentum early in the first quarter of play, as the team netted a total of 17 points, compared to Grand Saline’s six points of opening quarter offensive output.

Bullard continued to dominate its opponent with a strong offensive performance in the second quarter of play, as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Indians, 24-4. At the halftime intermission, Bullard held a 41-10 lead over Grand Saline.

After returning to the hardwood for the second half of basketball action, the Lady Panthers’ offense remained in full control, amassing a total of 13 points in the third quarter, while Bullard also used its defensive capabilities to slow Grand Saline to just six points of offense.

In the fourth quarter, Bullard left no doubt as the eventual outcome of the pool play matchup, using their powerful offense to prowl their way to outscoring Grand Saline, 12-3, en route to claiming victory in their first game of the Eustace Basketball Tournament against the Lady Indians, 66-19.

The Lady Panthers were led to the victory by the strong offensive output of Foster, scoring a total of 23 points in the contest against the Lady Indians.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Grand Saline included Kirgan, with 16 points; Berry, with 15 points, including four three-pointers; Day, with five points; Smith, with four points; and Minton, with three points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 71,

Ferris Lady Jackets 19, FINAL

BHS: 22 26 16 7 - 71

FHS: 8 7 2 2 - 19

In the second round of pool play at the Eustace Basketball Tournament Thursday, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team squared off against the Ferris Lady Jackets.

Bullard began the contest against Ferris with strong offensive dominance, as the Lady Panthers collected a total of 22 points in the first quarter of play, while the team’s defense limited the Lady Jackets to just eight points of offense.

In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers’ strong offensive claws ripped through the Lady Jacket defense en route to Bullard outscoring Ferris, 26-7. At the halftime break, the teams headed for their locker rooms with the Lady Panthers holding a 48-15 lead over the Lady Jackets.

After returning to the court for the second half of play, Bullard continued to have success on both sides of the ball in the third frame of the contest, netting a total of 16 points, while allowing Ferris to score just two points.

In the fourth quarter, the attack of the lady Panthers still proved to be effective, as Bullard outscored the opposition, 7-2, en route to taking their second victory in pool play, defeating the Lady Jackets, 71-19.

Foster’s shot proved to be lethal in the Lady Panthers’ pool play battle against the Lady Jackets at the Eustace Basketball Tournament, amassing a total of 25 points, including six three-pointers.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Ferris included Day, with 16 points; Smith, with 14 points, including four three-pointers; Kirgan, with eight points; Minton, with five points; and freshman guard Beverly Howard, with three points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 49, Jacksonville Maidens 22, FINAL

BHS: 8 12 15 14 - 49

JHS: 2 8 8 4 - 22

With two victories in pool play at the Eustace Basketball Tournament Friday, the Bullard Lady Panthers pounced their way into bracket play Friday, facing off against their Highway 69 rivals, the Jacksonville Maidens.

In the first quarter of the contest, the Bullard squad was able to influence the early momentum of the contest in their favor, scoring a total of eight points, while the team’s defensive efforts limited Jacksonville to just two points of opening quarter offensive production.

The Lady Panthers continued to have success offensively against the Maidens in the second frame, as Bullard outscored Jacksonville, 12-8. At halftime, Bullard headed to the locker room leading Jacksonville, 20-10.

After resuming basketball action in the second half of play, the Lady Panthers prowled their way ahead on the scoreboard with a strong offensive effort in the third quarter, collecting a total of 15 points, compared to the Maidens’ eight points.

In the fourth quarter, Bullard’s well rounded performance allowed the team to have success on both sides of the ball, as the Lady Panthers outscored the Maidens, 14-4, allowing Bullard to claim victory over Jacksonville, 49-22.

Foster’s offensive performance was key to the victory for the Lady Panthers, collecting a total of 20 points, including two three-pointers, in the contest against the Maidens.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Jacksonville included Day, with eight points; Kirgan, with seven points; Berry, with seven points; and Smith, with seven points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 30, Sunnyvale Lady Raiders 39, FINAL

BHS: 9 15 4 2 - 30

SHS: 11 14 5 9 - 39

In the second round of bracket play at the Eustace Basketball Tournament Friday, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team battled against the Sunnyvale Lady Raiders.

To begin the contest, Bullard and Sunnyvale were near-evenly matched in the first quarter of play, with the Lady Raiders taking a slim lead with 11 points, compared to the nine points collected by the Lady Panthers.

In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers and Lady Raiders battled hard for the upper hand. Bullard was able to edge Sunnyvale in scoring during the tightly contested second frame, as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Raiders, 15-14.

At the halftime intermission, the two teams left the court with Sunnyvale holding a narrow 25-24 lead over Bullard.

After returning to the court for the second half of the contest, both the squads from Bullard and Sunnyvale were again close in offensive production during the third quarter of play, with the Lady Raiders scoring five points, while the Lady Panthers netted four points.

In the fourth quarter, Sunnyvale advanced their way ahead of Bullard, thanks to the lady Raiders’ nine points of offense, while limiting the Lady Panthers to just two points in the final frame, as Sunnyvale claimed the victory over Bullard, 39-30.

Foster was the leader in scoring for the Lady Panthers in their matchup against the Lady Raiders, collecting a total of 10 points in the game.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Sunnyvale included Kirgan, with seven points; Smith, with five points; Day, with three points; Berry, with three points; and Minton, with two points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 38, Brownsboro Lady Bears 39, FINAL

BHS: 7 8 10 13 - 38

BBHS: 9 7 19 4 - 39

In the third round of bracket play at the Eustace Basketball Tournament Saturday, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team was matched up against the Brownsboro Lady Bears.

With the two teams battling for control of the contest, Brownsboro was able to take an early lead with their nine points in the first quarter of play, compared to the seven points collected by Bullard.

Not to be outdone, the Lady Panthers were able to find success in the second quarter, as Bullard’s offensive efforts narrowly edged Brownsboro, 8-7. At the halftime break, the Lady Bears were ahead of the Lady Panthers by a slim score, 16-15.

After returning to basketball action in the second half, the Lady Bears came out of the locker room on an offensive rampage in the third quarter of play, netting a total of 19 points, while Bullard collected a total of 10 points of offense.

In the fourth quarter, Bullard attempted to make their way back into contention, mounting a comeback attempt that threatened Brownsboro’s lead. The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bears in the final frame, 13-4, but fell just one shot shy of the victory, as Brownsboro was able to escape with a narrow victory over Bullard, 39-38.

With a record of 3-2 at the Eustace Basketball Tournament, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team finished in fourth place.

A trio of Lady Panther players led their team in scoring in the contest against the Lady Bears at the Eustace Basketball Tournament, including Day, Berry, and Minton, all three scoring nine points.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Brownsboro included Smith, with five points; Kirgan, with four points; and Baker, with two points.

With a 4-2 record last week, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team currently holds a 12-3 record on the 2017-2018 season. The team is currently ranked 18th in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches latest poll, dated Monday, Dec. 5.

Next week: Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Bullard at Alba-Golden; Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9 – Bullard at Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro.

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