HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL / UIL CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS

Tatum flexes muscles to KHS

Bulldogs still trying to earn playoff berth; Sabine teams still playing

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The Kilgore High School girls basketball team wasn’t as outgunned as the one-legged man in a kickfight, but the Lady Bulldogs were outmatched in Monday night’s first-round playoff game at Tatum.

The fifth-ranked Tatum Lady Eagles, led by former Kilgore High coach Patricia Nelson, took a convincing 71-15 victory in the UIL bi-district contest, and upped their very impressive record to 31-0 on the season.

The 2016-17 season ends for coach David Aguilar’s Lady Bulldogs with an 8-25 record, but they did return to the playoffs as the number four seed in District 15-4A after missing them completely a year ago.

Kilgore was in trouble early, and trailed 37-3 at the half. KHS turned the ball over 36 times.

Jamaria Thomas led Kilgore with six points; Ja’Da Abercrombie scored four and Alexis Gaitan added two. Bri Mitchell led Tatum, and all scorers, with 16 points.

Ironically, that won’t be the only time this week a Kilgore team meets a former coach.

Coach Jerry Timmons’ varsity Bulldogs were to face off against former coach Jeff Coleman and Gladewater on Tuesday night in the regular season finale for both teams, following the deadline for this edition of the News Herald.

The 15-4A seeding wasn’t set at press time, and Kilgore had to win the game to move on to the playoffs. See kilgorenewsherald.com right now to find out how they did.

It was to be a game filled with irony: Timmons, Kilgore’s second-year coach, played at Gladewater, and Coleman was the man who led Kilgore’s program back to respectability after the Bulldogs missed the basketball playoffs almost three straight decades.

Coleman departed Kilgore after guiding the Bulldogs to a regional tournament appearance in spring, 2014, at Texas A&M-Commerce. Under interim coach Doug Duke, Kilgore had another good playoff run the following year (2014-15), but missed the playoffs last year, in Timmons’ first season.

Of course, Timmons is a former Gladewater Bear, and trying to establish his own legacy at Kilgore.

Also on Tuesday, Sabine’s Lady Cardinals were to play a first round 3A game against Elysian Fields at LeTourneau; see kilgorenewsherald.com for an update on that game, as well.

The Sabine High School boys finished their regular season on Monday night, a night earlier than originally scheduled, to accommodate SHS fans who wanted to see both the boys and girls play.

Sabine defeated Harmony, 64-53, Monday night, on senior night. Will Shawn, a junior, shined again, scoring 26 points. Jackson Lutz added nine. The Cardinals are now 20-9 this season, and 8-4 in District 15-3A.

They’re definitely in the playoffs, but their seeding could be anywhere from second to fourth, depending upon what happened later Tuesday night in the other district games.

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