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DFW high school basketball stars shine in back to back games with Abilene Christian

After matching the D1 single game school record against Navy, Peaster grad Payton Hull was named WAC Newcomer of the Week on Monday. Hull, who graduated in the spring, scored 34 points during Sunday’s game – tying the record with Maleeah Langstaff from last season.

Hull also tied the D1 school record with NINE 3-pointers and went 9 of 16 from downtown.

Abilene Christian outscored Navy 22-8 in the first quarter and led 42-19 at halftime.

Hull also finished with 11 of 21 shooting overall, 3 of 4 from the free throw line, seven rebounds and one assist. Meanwhile ACU junior and Denton Guyer’s Bella Earle put together a triple double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and went 5 of 11 from the field.

Hull and Earle both made the all-tournament team.

In her first six games, Hull is averaging 25 minutes per game and shooting 53.1% from the field. She is 21 of 43 from three and averaging 17.3 points per game. After the Navy game, Hull followed up with 31 points, 2 assists and 2 blocks in a win over UTA on Wednesday. She was 11 of 18 from the floor and 6 of 11 from three.

Earle had a second straight triple double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Earle entered the game as one of seven players with triple-doubles and became the first to go back-to-back this season. Only one of the other six players was in action on Wednesday – Charlisse Leger-Walker of Washington State. She is the first Wildcat to go back-to-back with triple-doubles. Hull also is the first ACU player in the DI era to get back-to-back 30-point games.

In four years in high school, Hull and the Greyhounds posted a 116-24 record, a 82.9 winning percentage and a 54-2 district record. Peaster has won the district championship the last three seasons and own a 48-game district winning streak.

Peaster went to the regional tournament twice.

The Greyhounds went to the regional quarterfinals in February before losing 70-69 against Holliday. Hull scored 50 points in her final high school basketball game. She finished with 3,138 points in her career, more than any boys or girls player in school history.

Hull was district Co-MVP three times and was named all-state and all-region in all four years.

Her basketball jersey was retired in early May.

For Earle, she played in 54 games and started in 31 during her first two years in Abilene including starting in all 24 games last season as a sophomore. At Guyer, she was all district first team three times, all area three times and all-state two times. She was District MVP in 2020 and a McDonald’s All-American nominee – just like Hull. Earle went over 1,300 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocks in her HS career.

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