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Lady Panthers collar Ladycats to open conference play

Jan. 8—PALESTINE — Bullard launched its District 16-4A campaign by earning a 52-41 victory over Palestine on Friday night in Palestine.

Jayden Welch dropped in 19 points, which included five treys, to spark Bullard (17-6, 1-0).

Lila Robertson fired in nine points, followed by Carly Tucker with six and Laura Kidd and Brooke Minton, who added five each.

At 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Bullard will host Hudson, who is 0-1 in league play after falling to Jacksonville, 69-16 Friday.

Bullard, Jacksonville and state-ranked Madisonville all notched wins on Friday.