BROWNSBORO — The Brownsboro Bearettes were hoping to give coach Fred Griffin another milestone win on Tuesday night.
But victory No. 900 will have to wait a few more days.
Minta Spears hit for 27 points and Rachel Horton added 12 as the Bullard Lady Panthers scored a 55-42 District 17-3A girls basketball win over the Bearettes before about 1,000 fans at BHS gym.
Brownsboro tries for the mark on Friday when the Bearettes play host to Daingerfield. Gametime is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Griffin was more concerned about his team improving than the record win.
“Bullard did a good job,” said Griffin, who has a career mark of 899-301. “Coach (Greg) Gay does a great job with their program.
“We missed too many layups and free throws (14-of-23). Our kids played hard and gave a good effort.”
Brownsboro was missing sophomore post Sidney Hightower, who was out with a knee injury. Freshman Brianna Warren stepped up and scored 12 points. LaQuesha Cooper led the Bearettes with 15 points.
In the battle of district unbeatens, the Lady Panthers improved to 18-9 overall and 3-0 in district. Brownsboro dropped to 18-6 and 3-1.
Before the game, Gay, while addressing his team pointed to the banners on the wall at the Brownsboro gym, which marked Griffin’s previous milestone wins — 700th win on Dec. 13, 2003 against Lufkin and 800th win Jan. 4, 2008 versus Van.
“I was joking before the game, we didn’t want to be up on the wall,” Gay said. “It is bittersweet. Coach Griffin is a great coach and an awesome friend. You want coach Griffin to get his 900th, just not tonight.”
Gay said his team played well defensively,
Bullard took a 27-24 halftime lead and Griffin felt his team missed several opportunities in the first half and should have been on top.
The game was in doubt in the fourth quarter until Bullard pulled away. Warren’s bucket pulled Brownsboro within 41-38 with 6:38 to go. However, the Lady Panthers went on a 14-2 run to salt away the win.
Spears, a Texas Tech signee, hit 9 of 10 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, while Horton had a key steal and six points. Heather Anding added two crucial free throws as well.
Bullard 55, Brownsboro 42
Bullard 14 13 11 17 — 55
Brownsboro 11 13 8 10 — 42
BULLARD — Kylee Nichols, 8; Rachel Horton, 12; Emily Voyles, 0; Heather Anding, 5; Chelsie Southerland, 0; Madison Slayter, 0; Minta Spears, 27; Savannah Pinion, 0; Samantha Cummins, 3; Valerie Holman, 0.
BROWNSBORO — Rebekah Rogers, 5; Lakeshia Johnson, 0; Shelbie Bagby, 4; LaQuesha Cooper, 15; Megann Lough, 3; Jacobi Parker, 3; Brianna Walker, 12.
THREE-POINT GOALS — BUL: Anding, Spears (2), Cummins. BB: Lough, Warren.
RECORDS — Bullard 18-9 (3-0), Brownsboro 18-6 (3-1).
JV SCORE — Bullard 29, Brownsboro 14.
NEXT UP — Rusk at Bullard, 6 p.m. Friday; Daingerfield at Brownsboro, 5 p.m. Friday.
Brownsboro 50, Bullard 48
BROWNSBORO — If all the District 17-3A games are anything like Tuesday’s match between Brownsboro and Bullard, East Texas basketball fans are in for a treat.
Nick Jones hit for 19 points and Brownsboro held off a late Bullard charge to score a 50-48 win at the BHS gym.
DaVonte Gibbs was also in double figures for the Bears with 11 points.
Taft Rose and Scott Lowrie led the Panthers with 16 points apiece.
With 4:39 left in the game, Bullard took a 42-41 lead on two free throws by Rose. The Bears on buckets from Blake Ralson, Givens and Taylor Beall scored on three straight possessions for a 47-41 lead with 2:38 to go.
After Bullard’s Lowrie and Brownsboro’s Keuntis Thompson traded buckets, the Bears led 49-44. Baskets by Corbin Howard and Rose brought the Panthers within 49-48 with 53 seconds left.
With seconds left, Givens gave the Bears a 50-48 lead. Bullard brought the ball down court, but turned it over to allow Brownsboro to run out the clock.
No. 25 Brownsboro 50, Bullard 48
Bullard 12 13 15 8 —48
Brownsboro 6 20 13 11 —50
BULLARD — Corbin Howard, 5; Chandler Clark, 6; Taft Rose, 16; Scott Lowrie, 16; Cameron Hallford, 0; Tyler Grabski, 5; Blayne Noble, 0.
BROWNSBORO — Will Bailey, 2; Blake Ralson, 2; DeVonte Givens, 11; Taylor Beall, 4; Patrick McCarthy, 4; Jared Bragdon, 4; Keuntis Thompson, 2; Ryan Covington, 2; Nick Jones, 19.
RECORDS — Bullard 9-15 (0-1), Brownsboro 21-5 (2-0).
NEXT UP — Rusk at Bullard, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Daingerfield at Brownsboro, 6:15 p.m. Friday.