The Kilgore High School basketball teams have been playing doubleheaders for a while now, through the District 16-4A schedule, and although that’s about to stop – the Lady Bulldogs are almost to the end of their regular season – both programs have reasons to be optimistic about the playoffs.
Kilgore’s girls, at this writing, have just two games left: at Chapel Hill, which was to be played on Friday after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald, and on Tuesday night at home against district-leading Bullard.
Kilgore, coached by Trushundra “Shun” McGill, is 20-8 this season, and third in the district standings (top four make the playoffs). KHS routed Cumberland Academy here, 41-24, on Tuesday night.
In that game, for Kilgore, Jamaria Thomas had 12 points, six rebounds and four steals; Bailey Hedges had 10 points and three rebounds; and Mia Orange had six points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs also sank Cumberland for the second time this season, 59-36. Seth Thomas led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds; Deiontrae Wheat had 17 points and Jeremiah Haskins had 10.
The ‘Dogs trail only state-ranked Spring Hill in the district standings. They’re 7-2 in district play, both losses to the Panthers.
The boys have a little longer in the regular season. They were also to play at Chapel Hill on Friday and will host Bullard Tuesday; they’ll finish up with a home game against Henderson next Tuesday, Feb. 12.