BULLARD - Lexi Kirgan begins her senior season Thursday vs. John Tyler, but the 6-3 Bullard Lady Panther took care of some paperwork first.

Kirgan signed a scholarship letter of intent to Abilene Christian University on Wednesday in front of numerous friends, family, coaches, media members and well-wishers at the Bullard High School Auditorium.

“I can’t even put this into words,” Kirgan said of the moment. “It’s just so awesome to have my dream come true. I’ve had this dream since third grade and all of the hard work and effort I’ve put into something I love is finally coming true today.”

Kirgan averaged just under a double-double per game last season with 18 points and 9.5 rebounds in helping Bullard win a district title, go three rounds deep in the playoffs and finish with a 31-6 record.

“We are really excited about this day for Lexi,” Bullard coach Barry Gill said. “I was talking to Abilene Christian coach (Julie) Goodenough about Lexi and the thing I really spoke to her about is how bought in to our team culture Lexi is. She’s a great leader; she’s our most vocal leader, our best encourager and helps the younger girls.”

Kirgan joins Minta Spears as recent Bullard Lady Panthers who signed Division I scholarships. Spears signed for Texas Tech before transferring to Vanderbilt in May.

Abilene Christian competes in the Southland Conference and is coming off a 17-12 season in which the Wildcats went 9-9 in conference play.

Kirgan visited the school, met with coaches and players and found her home for the next four years.

“I had a checklist of everything I wanted in a college and Abilene Christian fit every single thing. There is no doubt about anything. The coaches are great, the players are great, the atmosphere is great,” Kirgan said. “I am going to have to put a little more meat on these bones (when I match up against other college players). I am so excited about the opportunity.”

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