Panthers fall short in season finale against Chapel Hill

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Bullard Panthers 64, Chapel Hill

Bulldogs 78, FINAL

CHS: 24 14 22 18 - 78

BHS: 15 15 16 18 - 64

Prowling their way back into District 15-4A basketball action was the Bullard Panther varsity basketball team, as the team returned to the friendly confines of Bullard High School’s Panther Gymnasium for their final district game of the season against the Chapel Hill Bulldogs Tuesday, Feb. 13.

In the first quarter, the visiting Chapel Hill team was able to use their strong offensive abilities to bite at the home team Bullard, as the Bulldogs collected a total of 24 points, compared to the Panthers’ 15 points of offensive production.

Bullard was able to take the advantage in scoring against Chapel Hill in the second half of play, as the Panthers scurried their way to a 15-14 advantage. At the halftime break, the Bulldogs held a 38-30 lead over the Panthers as both teams headed for the locker rooms.

After returning to the court for the second half of play, Chapel Hill once again put together a solid offensive push against Bullard, allowing the Bulldogs to net a total of 22 points in the third quarter of play, compared to the 16 points added by the Panthers.

In the fourth quarter, both the home team Bullard and visiting team Chapel Hill attacked the opponent’s defensive unit with strong offensive purpose, resulting in an 18 point effort for both teams.

At the final buzzer, the offensive output by the Bulldogs proved to be too much for the Panthers to overcome, as Chapel Hill claimed the district win over Bullard, 78-64.

The Panthers’ efforts against the Bulldogs was led by the play of junior point guard Hayden Wells, collecting a total of 17 points in the season finale.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Chapel Hill included junior center Dustin Dover, with 12 points, senior small forward Evan Hodges, with 10 points; sophomore center Garrett Esposito, with 10 points; senior point guard Will McCowin, with seven points; senior shooting guard Chase Chewning, with four points; junior power forward CJ Gardner, with two points; and senior shooting guard Cody Wright, with two points.

With the loss to the Chapel Hill Bulldogs, the Bullard Panther varsity basketball team finished the 2017-2018 season with an overall record of 7-25, 1-9 in district play, missing the cut for the playoffs.

“Our team had a lot of growth this season,” said Monta Jeffley, Panther varsity basketball head coach. “The seniors knew they wanted to have a better season than last year, so they dedicated a lot of time in the spring and summer perfecting their game. We reached many milestones as a team and broke a few records in the process. I’m extremely proud of the way our guys played this season and even though we’ll be young we will be ready.”

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