GAME STORY: Hermleigh girls rally past Eula in Hopper’s return to Wylie

In the early 2010s, Hermleigh girls basketball coach Duane Hopper earned his stripes playing for the Wylie boys basketball team under coaches Russell Perkins and Gregg Ruffin.

Thursday night saw Hopper make his return to Bulldog Gym as the Lady Cardinals overcame an early deficit and withstood a fourth quarter rally by Eula to earn a 44-41 win and earn their fourth straight berth in the Region II-1A semifinals, all of which have come in Hopper’s four seasons on the bench.

With his history as a Bulldog, Hopper knew where his 103rd career win as a coach ranked in his memories of Bulldog Gym.

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