BANGS — The Bangs Lady Dragons were dealt a 36-27 defeat by Ballinger in Tuesday’s season-opening basketball contest.

Bangs (0-1) trailed just 20-18 at halftime, but sank only 1 of 14 three-point attempts. The Lady Dragons trailed 32-27 with just over a minute left, but were forced to foul down the stretch.

Kayleah Hall paced Bangs with 11 points trailed by Kyra Smith with six.

The Lady Dragons are back in action at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at home against Miles.