For girls high school basketball, the regular season is over, and the intensity is about to go up a few notches – if that’s possible.
For the boys, the regular season continues for just a bit longer, and then the “real” season begins.
Both the Kilgore High School and Sabine High School girls basketball teams are making the UIL’s postseason, and they don’t have much of a turnaround.
Kilgore, who finished 13-10 overall and in a three-way tie for first place in District 15-4A with Bullard and Gilmer, will see a familiar opponent in the first round of the 4A playoffs: Henderson.
Coach Jeff Coleman’s Lady Bulldogs will meet Henderson Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree High School in Longview. It’s strange for Kilgore and Henderson to not be in the same district for basketball – they will be in the new realignment that starts next year. But for now, it’s winner-advances, loser-go-home on Tuesday night.
Kilgore finished the regular season Tuesday night with a loss at Gilmer.
Sabine, coached by Sara Cantrell, also finished in a three-way tie for first in their district, 15-3A. The Lady Cardinals finished up the regular season with a 49-34 win over Arp on Tuesday.
Sabine (22-9) will play the loser of Jefferson and White Oak on Tuesday night, at a site and time to be determined.
Against Arp, Sabine’s Kristen Stuart had 17 points and Sarah Davis had nine. Genesis Willet had seven, and Miranda Cook had six; Misty Pate had four and Natalie Morgan and Brookelyn Gray each had three. Stuart had eight rebounds and six steals; Davis also had eight rebounds.
As for the boys, the regular season continues for two more games. Kilgore’s Bulldogs, still in pursuit of a playoff berth, were to face Spring Hill on Friday, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. Kilgore needs to win one of its last two to be assured of a playoff. The Bulldogs’ regular-season finale is at Gladewater on Tuesday night.
Kilgore lost at Gilmer, 79-71, on Tuesday. The Bulldogs got 22 points and five rebounds from Seth Thomas in defeat. Thomas also blocked four shots. Deiontrae Wheat had his best game since returning from illness, scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Also for KHS, Jeremiah Hoskins had 11 points. Colby Powe and Sam Kosel each had six.
The Sabine Cardinals continue to win, and look to be on a collision course with Troup to decide the 15-3A boys title. Both Sabine and Troup each have just one district loss (to each other). There will either be a coin flip to determine the seeding, or a third game.
But Sabine was to play Winona on Friday, then will play at Harmony on Monday. That game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but has been moved back a day to help Sabine fans who’d like to go to both the boys’ regular-season finale, and the girls’ playoff game. The Cardinals will play at 5 p.m. Monday at Harmony, beginning with the junior varsity game.
Sabine had a bit of a closer game with Arp than it expected, but still won, 52-42.
Eylan Goodwyn and Glenn George both got into foul trouble, but Sabine’s roster stepped up to the challenge. Will Shawn had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Tray Oliver had 14 points and four rebounds.
Hunter Grotemat hit two early three-pointers and finished with eight points and three rebounds. Goodwyn still had four points and five rebounds in limited action.
George had four points. Jackson Lutz had three. Nathan Willis had a big three-pointer that cut Arp’s lead from seven to four just before the half, giving the Cardinals a little momentum. Scottie Taylor had three points and Breden Ford and T Taylor each stepped up defensively; Taylor took three charges, and Ford also had three assists.