Lady Panthers fall short in district opener to Gilmer

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Bullard Lady Panthers 56, Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers 32, FINAL

QFHS: 7 13 7 5 - 32

BHS: 16 13 17 10 - 56

Resuming action on the hardwood recently was the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team, as the team hosted a non-district matchup against the Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers Friday, Dec. 29, at Bullard High School’s Panther Gymnasium.

In the first quarter, the home team Bullard’s offense began the contest with a strong offensive prowl, scoring a total of 16 points, compared to Quinlan Ford’s 12 points of opening quarter offense.

Both Lady Panther teams were able to match up well in the second quarter of play, as Bullard and Quinlan Ford both attacked their opposition for 13 points each. At the halftime break, the teams headed for the locker rooms with Bullard holding a 29-20 advantage over Quinlan Ford.

After returning to the court for the second half of play, Bullard’s offense came out of the locker room with a roar, adding 17 points to their total in the third quarter, compared to the seven points amassed by Quinlan Ford.

In the fourth quarter, the offensive momentum remained safely on the side of the home team, as Bullard outscored Quinlan Ford, 10-5, en route to claiming the victory in the contest, 56-32.

Leading the attack for Bullard in the contest against Quinlan Ford was junior guard Sydney Foster, collecting a total of 13 points.

Other significant contributors for the home team Bullard against the visiting Quinlan Ford included sophomore forward Erin Berry, with 12 points, including four three-pointers; senior center Allie Kirgan, with 10 points; sophomore forward Haley Day, with nine points; freshman forward Bailey Smith, with seven points; sophomore guard Hailey Minton, with three points; and freshman guard Beverly Howard, with two points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 38, Woden Lady Eagles 42, FINAL

WHS: 16 7 5 14 - 42

BHS: 7 8 14 9 - 38

With the victory against Quinlan Ford to their credit, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team remained at home before the New Year, hosting a matchup against the Woden Lady Eagles Saturday, Dec. 30, at Panther Gymnasium.

In the first quarter, the two teams fought hard to control the momentum of the contest early. The Lady Eagles soared high to a strong offensive start against the Lady Panthers, collecting a total of 16 points, compared to Bullard’s seven points of opening quarter offense.

Bullard and Woden continued to battle during the second quarter of play, as the Lady Panthers attempted to bite their way back into contention by narrowly outscoring the Lady Eagles, 8-7. At the halftime break, Woden led Bullard by a 23-15 advantage.

After making their way back onto the court, Bullard’s sharp offensive claws attacked the Woden defense effectively in the third quarter of play, amassing a total of 14 points, while the Lady Panthers’ defense grounded the Lady Eagles, limiting the opposition to just five points of offense.

In the fourth quarter, the second half comeback push by the Lady Panthers was strong, but the late rally was fell short of completion, as the Lady Eagles outscored Bullard, 14-9, allowing Woden to escape with a 42-38 victory over Bullard.

Leading the Lady Panthers’ valiant efforts in the contest against the Lady Eagles was Berry, hitting four three-pointers for a total of 12 points.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Woden included Smith, with seven points, including two three-pointers; Kirgan, with six points; Day, with five points; Minton, with three points; and Foster, with two points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 42, Pittsburg Lady Pirates 23, FINAL

BHS: 12

PHS: 5 10 2 7 - 23

Turning the page on the 2017 calendar year, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team prowled their way into 2018 by hitting the road, traveling to take on the Pittsburg Lady Pirates Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Pittsburg High School.

In the first quarter, Bullard and Pittsburg attacked each other in an effort to influence the game’s momentum early in the contest. The visiting Lady Panthers’ offense broke loose, netting a total of 12 points, compared to the Lady Pirates’ five points of offense.

Bullard continued to capitalize on offensive opportunities against Pittsburg in the second quarter of play, as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Pirates, 13-10, allowing Bullard to hold to a 25-15 lead over Pittsburg at halftime.

Once back on the hardwood for the second half of basketball action, the offense of the Lady Panthers was on full attack mode, as Bullard amassed a total of 13 points in the third quarter of play, compared to just two points collected by Pittsburg.

In the fourth quarter, the home team Lady Pirates attempted to go on a run, but the end result had been already decided, as Pittsburg’s 7-4 fourth quarter scoring advantage was not enough to influence the final decision, which allowed the Lady Panthers to pick up the road victory, 42-23.

Berry provided a large portion of the Lady Panthers’ offensive attack against the Lady Pirates, as she outscored the opposing team herself with 27 total points, including seven three-pointers.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Pittsburg included Kirgan, with 11 points; Smith, with two points; and Day, with two points.

Bullard Lady Panthers 36, Gilmer Lady Buckeyes 50, FINAL

BHS: 6 7 12 11 - 36

GHS: 16 10 19 5 - 50

Ending last week’s schedule of games, the Bullard Lady Panthers wrapped up pre-district play and raced their way into District 15-4A contests, which began with a road battle against the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes Friday, Jan. 5, at Gilmer High School.

In the first quarter, the home team Gilmer began with contest with a powerful offensive start, as the Lady Buckeyes hit for 16 points of opening quarter offense, compared to the visiting Lady Panthers’ six points.

The two teams were able to match up closer in the second quarter of play, but the Lady Buckeyes continued to hold the advantage, outscoring the Lady Panthers, 10-7. At the halftime break, Gilmer took a 26-13 advantage over Bullard into the locker room.

After the two teams made their way back to the court for the second half of play, Gilmer’s strong offense was able to create more separation on the scoreboard, netting a total of 19 points in the third quarter of play, while Bullard collected 12 points to their credit.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers attempted to prowl their way to a final quarter comeback, holding the advantage by outscoring Gilmer, 11-5. However, the late offensive run by the Lady Panthers was unsuccessful, as the Lady Buckeyes clinched the district victory, 50-36.

Bullard’s offensive production in the contest against Gilmer was led by the contributions of Kirgan, collecting a total of 12 points in the contest.

Other significant contributors for the Lady Panthers against the Lady Buckeyes included Berry, with nine points, including three three-pointers; Smith, with six points; Foster, with four points; Howard, with three points; and Day, with two points.

With a record of 2-2 in the last four contests, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team currently stands with an overall record of 21-7, 0-1 in district play.

Next week: Tuesday, Jan. 9 – Chapel Hill at Bullard; Friday, Jan. 12 – Bullard at Spring Hill.

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