Panthers fall in recent district matchups against Gladewater, Gilmer

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Bullard Panthers 37,

Gladewater Bears 44, FINAL

GHS: 14 9 9 12 - 44

BHS: 5 8 7 17 - 37

Prowling their way back onto the hardwood last week was the Bullard Panther varsity basketball team, as the team played the part of host for the annual Senior Night district contest against the Gladewater Bears Tuesday, Feb. 6, inside Bullard High School’s Panther Gymnasium.

In the first quarter, the home team Panthers and the visiting Bears both scratched and clawed at their opponent, attacking each other with razor-sharp teeth in an effort to control the flow of momentum early. Gladewater’s offense allowed the team to scamper ahead of Bullard, as the Bears collected a total of 14 points, compared to the five points netted by the Panthers.

The two teams continued to fight hard for every possession throughout the second quarter of play, with Gladewater outscoring Bullard, 9-8. At the halftime intermission, the teams headed for their respective locker rooms with the Bears holding to a 23-13 lead over the Panthers.

After returning to the court for the second half of basketball action, the Panthers and the Bears yet again kept the scoring close, as Gladewater amassed a total of nine points in the third quarter of play, compared to Bullard’s seven points of offensive output.

In the fourth quarter, the offensive prowl of the home team Panthers was evident, as the team viciously attacked their opponent, outscoring the Bears, 17-12. However, the late comeback attempt by the Panthers fell short of fruition, as the early lead for the Bears proved to be the deciding factor, as Gladewater defeated Bullard, 44-37.

Leading the Panthers’ efforts in the contest against the Bears was sophomore center Garrett Esposito, collecting a total of nine points in the contest.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Gladewater included senior point guard Will McCowin, with six points; senior shooting guard Chase Chewning, with six points; senior small forward Evan Hodges, with six points; junior shooting guard CJ Gardner, with four points; senior shooting guard Mason Nunn, with six points; and junior center Dustin Dover, with one point.

Bullard Panthers 55,

Gilmer Buckeyes 72, FINAL

BHS: 7 17 15 16 - 55

GHS: 18 20 14 20 - 72

After suffering the district loss to the Gladewater bears, the Bullard Panther varsity basketball team returned to district action Friday, Feb. 9, as the team loaded the bus and traveled to take on the Gilmer Buckeyes at Gilmer High School.

In the first quarter, the home team Buckeyes was able to set the pace of the ball game early by capturing the momentum with a total of 18 points, compared to the visiting Panthers’ offensive production of seven points.

The two teams held the scoring close in the second quarter of play, with Gilmer outscoring Bullard, 20-17. The two teams left the court bound for the locker rooms at the halftime intermission, as Gilmer held a 38-24 advantage over Bullard.

After returning to the court for the second half of play, the Panthers were able to put together a solid offensive effort in the third quarter of play, netting a total of 15 points, while Gilmer amassed a total of 14 points.

In the fourth quarter, the home team Buckeyes showcased its offensive abilities against the visiting Panthers, as Gilmer outscored Bullard, 20-16, en route to claiming the district victory, 72-55.

Offensively, the Panthers were led in the contest against the Buckeyes by junior shooting guard Hayden Wells, collecting a total of 21 points in the contest, including four three-pointers.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Gilmer included Hodges, with 15 points, including two three-pointers; Dover, with 10 points; Chewning, with four points; Gardner, with three points; and senior shooting guard Jerrod Shrode, with two points.

With a record of 0-2 last week, the Bullard Panther varsity basketball team currently holds an overall record of 7-24, 1-8 in district play.

Next week: Tuesday, Feb. 13 – Chapel Hill at Bullard.

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