Kilgore girls, boys clinch district titles
Feb. 7, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.
KILGORE - The Kilgore Lady Bulldogs showed that defense in fact can win championships.
On a night when their offense struggled for most of the contest, it was defense that helped the Lady Bulldogs defeat Bullard, 34-25, Friday night at Bulldog Gym for the District 16-3A title.
Kilgore was held to 30.8 shooting from the field (12 of 39) and was playing without point guard Annie Mehringer for most of the contest because of foul trouble. But the team defense and scoring of Tony Burks was just enough to avenge an earlier loss to Bullard.
Burks scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Kilgore, which held a 36-17 advantage on the glass.
Bullard was held to 8 of 28 from the field, including a 4 of 5 effort by Brittany Hinton, who came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points. The Lady Panthers were also 7 of 19 from the free-throw line – 1 of 6 in the fourth quarter.
The score was 8-7 early after a three-pointer by Lexi Abercrombie. The Lady Bulldogs ended the quarter with a 7-3 spurt, including all five of Mehringer's points and a pull-up jumper by Burks just before the end of the first quarter buzzer.
A Burks putback of her own miss with 7:00 left in the second quarter was Kilgore's last points of the first half. Fortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, they were able to limit the Lady Panthers to just three points the rest of the quarter, including holding them scoreless for the final 4:51, to take a 17-14 lead into the break.
After Lexi Kirgan hit a free throw for Bullard in the first 11 seconds of the third quarter to cut the score to 17-15, Kilgore responded with a 6-0 run until a triple by Taylor Frederick cut the score to 23-18.
The Lady Bulldogs led 25-20 entering the fourth quarter, despite playing without Mehringer for the previous 10 minutes. Mehringer entered the game with 4:49 left and her team leading 27-24.
Burks scored six points as part of a game-ending 7-1 run for Kilgore.
Kirgan blocked five shots for Bullard (24-7, 9-3).
Freshman Marshalia Lollie had six points and 10 rebounds for Kilgore.
Kilgore (11-1 in district) will open the playoffs against Mabankat 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tyler Junior College.
Four players scored in double figures as the Kilgore Bulldogs rolled to a 71-41 victory over Henderson to clinch the District 16-3A title Friday night at Bulldog Gym.
Stefun Tatum led the way with 16 points and six rebounds. Trey Conrod had 13 points and four blocks for Kilgore (20-7, 10-0), which blocked 10 shots as a team.
Kilgore's lead was 13-11 late in the first quarter, but a layup by Conrod and a three-point play from Kevrin Justice gave the Bulldogs an 18-11 advantage after the first quarter.
The Bulldogs outscored the Lions 31-17 over the next two quarters to put the game away.
Nick Orange had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kilgore. Victor Wallace had 10 points and seven boards, and Xavier Gaona added five points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Tre Hollins led Henderson with 10 points.
It was the final home game for six Kilgore seniors – Tatum, Clery Delmas, Deon Kincade, Clayton Mauldin, Decondrea Smith and Caleb Thomas.
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