From time to time, it’s important to flex your muscles a bit – especially when you’re a high school basketball team on the cusp of the playoffs.
Kilgore hosted Bullard in both girls and boys District 16-4A games on Tuesday and the Lady Panthers entered the gym wearing T-shirts honoring themselves for winning the district title.
They left with a five-point loss.
Kilgore edged out Bullard, 45-40, with a defensive intensity that the Lady Panthers normally dish out on their opponents. Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs finished their regular season on a high note, and now open the UIL’s Class 4A playoffs on Monday night at 7 p.m.at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, a first-round game against Liberty-Eylau.
It wasn’t all KHS, to be sure. The Lady ‘Dogs trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and 19-15 at halftime before running out to an 11-point lead in the third quarter. Kilgore weathered the storm of Bullard’s comeback but never relinquished the lead.
Jamaria Thomas scored 15 points for Kilgore and had a steal. Alexis Anderson had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Miah Thomas scored six points, had seven rebounds, an assist and two steals. Mariyah Mitchell had six points, two assists and two steals.
Coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs also beat Bullard, but there was no drama: Kilgore led 22-5 at the half and finished with a 55-15 win.
Kilgore spread the points around in this one: Seth Thomas had nine points; Sam Kosel had seven; and Nesba Brown and Deiontrae Wheat each had four.