LONGVIEW — The Spring Hill Panthers used a 20-point second quarter to gain a lead they never lost in a 73-60 win over the Bullard Panthers in District 16-3A play Friday night at Panther Gymnasium.

Senior Clay Lattier scored a game-high 18 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and a steal, while point guard Matt Williams added 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals, four assists and a block.

“We had to commit to playing better team defense,” Spring Hill coach Hunter Taylor said. “We were trying to switch screens and just make sure the guys had each other’s backs and stuck with their man.”

Bullard (12-13, 3-3) cut the Spring Hill (17-8, 5-1) lead to five with 2:40 left in the game. Ben Brundrett hit a 10-foot bank shot off an assist from Kendon Womack to fuel the Spring Hill offense. With 1:37 left, Williams took to the free throw line to sink three of four foul shots to secure the Spring Hill win.

“We’ve got guys that can play incredible individual defense. We just have to get our team defense down,” Taylor said. “We’re not going to have too much of a change going into our game with Kilgore on Tuesday. We just have to be consistent about practice and work out Saturday and Monday and it’ll be a good game.”

Chandler Clark led the Bullard offense with 14 points, while Corbin Howard put up 11 points to go with four rebounds and two steals.

Bullard is off Tuesday before returning to action next Friday at Kilgore.

Bullard Girls Move to 8-0 in District

The Bullard Lady Panthers took down the Spring Hill Lady Panthers, 54-46, earlier Friday to stay perfect in District 16-3A.

Lexi Kirgan led Bullard (20-8, 8-0) all scorers with 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals, while Maddy Kirgan put up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Ashlyn White also recorded a double-double in the losing effort for Spring Hill (11-16, 3-4) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Ann Hollas chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.