LONGVIEW -- The Kilgore Bulldogs pulled even with Spring Hill for second place in the District 16-3A standings with a 48-44 victory Tuesday at Panther Gymnasium.

Hector Peralez led Kilgore with 12 points. Kervin Justice chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds and Sylvester Conrod added eight points and six rebounds.

Kilgore (7-13, 5-2) led Spring Hill 37-27 to start the fourth quarter. After stalling for almost two minutes, Justice found Peralez for a deep 3-pointer to extend the Bulldogs’ lead. Spring Hill (17-9, 5-2) battled back with two consecutive 3-pointers by Matthew Williams and Clay Lattier, but the deficit was too much for the Panthers to overcome.

Free throws were the deciding factor in the final minutes of the game. Kilgore sunk 6 of 12 foul shots in the fourth quarter, while Spring Hill went 1 of 6.

Clay Lattier led all scorers with 20 points, while Ben Brundrett had 13 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Lady Panthers Even District Record

The Spring Hill Lady Panthers took down Kilgore 42-30 earlier Tuesday to break even in District 16-3A play.

Leslie Blevins led Spring Hill (12-16, 4-4) with nine points and five rebounds, while Ashlyn White recorded eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Tony Burks recorded a double-double in the losing effort for Kilgore with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with four steals and one block, while Annie Mehringer added seven points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals.