Friday Basketball Roundup: Bullard’s Lexi Kirgan Hangs 42 In Win Against Chapel Hill + More
NEW CHAPEL HILL -- Senior Abilene Christian signee Lexi Kirgan has done some memorable things during her time at Bullard, but Friday's 55-48 win at Chapel Hill might just go down as the most significant.
Kirgan put up 42 points in the District 16-4A game to lead all scorers by 28 points.
The victory allowed the Lady Panthers (7-1 in league play) to retain a share of first place alongside Gilmer. If both teams win their final regular season games Tuesday, they will meet next weekend for a district championship game.
Chapel Hill (5-4) kept within striking distance throughout the game. Bullard held two-point leads at the end of the first and third quarters. The halftime score was 28-27 in favor of the Lady Panthers.
Kirgan kept going.
Daija Maddox and April Walker paced Chapel Hill with 14 points each.
Aside from Kirgan, Bullard had no scorers above six points.
The Lady Panthers will close the regular season at home against Kilgore.
Chapel Hill has already secured the district's third seed and now awaits its bi-district playoff assignment.
Winona Edges Mineola
WINONA -- The Lady Wildcats clinched one of District 14-3A's playoff spots by holding off Mineola, 56-54.
Mallori Shacklett, Lexi Lacey and Daysha Hanson all reached double-digit scoring figures for Winona during the game with 18, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Hanson also recorded six assists and six steals.
Mineola (1-12 in district play) will wrap up its season Tuesday at home against Edgewood. Winona (8-5) simultaneously travels to Alba-Golden.
Tyler Grace Community Holds Off Dallas Thunder
TYLER -- The Lady Cougars needed every point to edge the Dallas Thunder in their final game of the regular season, a 39-38 victory in non-district play.
Addie Daughtry's 13 points led Tyler Grace Community (22-8). Parker Daughtry followed with 10 points.
With the win, the Lady Cougars set a new schools record for wins in a season.
Grace finished the first half up 27-16. However, the home schooled Dallas Thunder squad roared back in the third quarter to make it a 33-28 deficit.
The Lady Cougars lost the lead in the fourth quarter, but reclaimed it with a minute to go. From there, both teams missed multiple shots from the field as well as the front end of one-and-one free throw attempts.
Grace will host Bullard Brook Hill on Tuesday in the first round of the TAPPS District 2-4A tournament.
Ja'Karia Deckhard Lifts Timpson Over Beckville
TIMPSON -- Ja'Karia Deckhard scored 21 points in a generally low-scoring District 22-2A meeting, a 44-32 win for Timpson.
Ashley Cook led Beckville with 11 points.
Timpson will close its regular season schedule Tuesday on the road at Joaquin. Beckville also will be in action against Tenaha in its final game of the year.
Alba-Golden Downs Harmony
ALBA -- Alba-Golden held onto its share of the District 14-3A lead Friday by way of a 68-40 win against Harmony.
The Panthers (10-1 in district play) had three players reach double-digit scoring figures. Dylan Harle, the team's captain, led the way with 26 points.
Dalton Wright chipped in 17 points and Logan Miller scored 11 in the victory.
Bentley Miner scored 14 points for Harmony (3-8), No other Eagles scored more than six points.
Alba-Golden will host Winona on Tuesday ahead of a Friday game against Mineola that will determine the district championship.
Harmony moves on to a road game Tuesday against Grand Saline.