Regular-season high school basketball is closing up shop – the girls finish it this week, and the boys the next – and the playoffs are right around the corner, for those fortunate enough to be going.
And it’s looking good right now for boys and girls at both Kilgore and Sabine.
Kilgore’s girls, coached by Jeff Coleman, beat Bullard Friday night and were to finish the regular season with a road game at Gilmer on Tuesday (following the deadline for this issue of the News Herald). If Kilgore could secure a win at Gilmer, the Lady Bulldogs will be District 15-4A champions. A loss, and things are jumbled.
The Bulldogs have, well, a more adventurous path. Kilgore’s boys also were to play at Gilmer Tuesday night, and will host Spring Hill on Friday. They finish the regular season next Tuesday at Gladewater.
Right now, Kilgore is 4-3 in district play, but the top four teams in the standings make the playoffs. Kilgore is in now, if the season were over today. If the Bulldogs win just one of their last three, they’re likely in. The ‘Dogs also beat Bullard Friday night.
Sabine’s Cardinals are cruising for another showdown with Troup. The Cardinals blasted West Rusk in New London on Friday night, and were to host Arp Tuesday. Sabine, with just the one district loss to Troup, also is home (for senior night) against Winona on Friday, then finishes the regular season at Harmony Tuesday.
Currently, Sabine and Troup are tied for first, which will likely mean a third game between the rivals, possibly next weekend, to decide the district championship and the number one seed in the 3A playoffs.
Sabine’s girls are also smack in the middle of the playoff scenario, but were to finish their regular season at home Tuesday night against Arp.
The News Herald will wrap up, as best as possible, the playoff situation for all four teams online now at kilgorenewsherald.com, and in Saturday’s print edition, as well.
Kilgore 76, Bullard 62 (boys): Seth Thomas scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the visiting Panthers, lifting Kilgore to a sweep of Bullard this season. It was Thomas’s highest-scoring game of the season so far.
“That was the most efficient game I’ve seen out of a high school kid,” Kilgore coach Jerry Timmons said. “He’s just playing at another level for us right now.”
Deiontrae Wheat added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists; Sam Kosel had eight points and three assists; and Elijah Williams had eight points, as well, and four rebounds.
Kilgore 34, Bullard 27 (girls): The Lady ‘Dogs took down the bullies of the district Friday night, getting revenge for their only district loss of the season.
For Kilgore, Jamaria Thomas led the way yet again with 11 points. Jada Abercrombie had nine.
Thomas led Kilgore against Spring Hill and Chapel Hill in the two previous games, scoring the final points in both of those – a couple of key district wins.
Sabine 73, West Rusk 46 (boys): Tray Oliver scored 13 of Sabine’s first 17 points, powering his way to a 25-point night and helping the Cardinals get out of New London with a big win.
Oliver also had six rebounds and blocked three shots.
Also for Sabine, Elyan Goodwyn had 12 points and six rebounds. Will Shawn had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists. Jackson Lutz had eight points, including two three-pointers. Scottie Taylor scored six points. Nathan Willis returned to the lineup and had five points and six rebounds.
Hunter Grotemat had five points. Glenn George had four, and three rebounds. Breden Ford and T Taylor didn’t score, but helped defensively.
Sabine 72, West Rusk 22 (girls): Kristen Stuart and Sarah Davis combined for 35 points and helped the Lady Cardinals to a 50-point victory.
Stuart had 19 points to lead the way and also had 10 rebounds. Davis had 16 points. Natalie Morgan and Brookelyn Gray each added 10.