PALMER - The Palmer Lady Bulldogs (13-5, 1-0) won their opening game in District 12-2A over Irving North Hills 73-23.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out early using a strong inside game, led by Melanie Mercer with 20 points and Danya White with 14 points.

All eight members of the team got into the scoring column.

Samantha McDonald added 16 points with outside shooting and drives to the basket.

After giving up 16 first half points, the Palmer defense clamped down giving up only seven points in the second half, playing a tough half court man defense.

Palmer will host Maypearl on Friday night in a non-district contest.

Last Friday Palmer defeated Fort Worth Castleberry 45-28.

Palmer 73, Irving North Hills 23

Palmer 21 17 24 11 - 73

Irv. NH 8 8 1 6 - 23

Palmer: Melanie Mercer 20, Samantha McDonald 16, Danya White 14, Jami Land 9, Sarah Robinson 7, Kaylin Valdez 4, Olivia Robinson 2, Lex Rea 1.

INH: Tanya lam 12, Tyler Bartlett 4, Deidre Harvey 4, Erica Cervantes 3.