The Myers Park girls' basketball team won by 16 points, but it wasn't easy.
The Butler Bulldogs played even with the Mustangs for most of the first two quarters before Myers Park pulled away in the second half and won 66-50, keeping its undefeated record intact.
Butler (8-9) used a 2-3 zone to frustrate the Myers Park post players and forced the Mustangs (18-0) to take outside shots in the first half. After the first two quarters, Myers Park had 11 3-point attempts, a number coach Dustin Terrell said is more than he wants in a whole game.
"We played right into their hands," Terrell said. "They were packing it in with the 2-3 zone. They had a great game plan."
Myers Park had an 20-18 lead after the first quarter but Butler took a 26-25 lead with three minutes left in the second quarter. The Mustangs used a 9-2 run to take a 34-28 lead at the half.
The Mustangs opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run.
Brittany Smith led the Mustangs with 13 points, Roddreka Rogers added 12 and India Timpton chipped in 11.
Symphonie Richardson and Jaymee Fisher-Davis led Butler with 17 points each.
Boys hold off Butler
The Myers Park boys' basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the Southwestern 4A Conference with a 83-76 win over conference-leading Butler.
The Mustangs (11-7, 6-2 SW4A) had a 48-41 lead at halftime before Butler (10-7, 6-2) fought back and tied the game at 58 late in the third quarter. Butler took a 64-62 lead with five minutes left in the fourth quarter but Myers Park quickly retook the lead and pulled away late.
Patrick Wallace had 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Major Thomas added 14 points for Myers Park and Clayton Massey and Jaray Walker chipped in 13 apiece.