Thomas will represent KHS in benefit game

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Kilgore High School senior Jamaria Thomas has one more game to play representing the Bulldogs.

Thomas has been chosen to play in the Hoops for Autism all-star game at Union Grove High School in Gladewater next Saturday, March 30, a 5:30 p.m. start for the girls game; the boys will play at 7:30.

Thomas is one of 35 girls in the all-star game, and the Lady Bulldog will suit up for the South all-stars, coached by Gilmer’s Mandi Simpson. The proceeds from the night will go to the Center for Autism in Dallas.

Autism is a disorder normally diagnosed early in life that affects a child’s development, including social interaction, and normally accompanied with repetitive behavior.

Thomas will wrap her athletic career at KHS with this game, and with the current Kilgore track and field season. She helped the Lady Bulldogs, coached by Trushundra McGill, get back to the UIL Class 4A playoffs, beating Liberty-Eylau in a first-round game in Marshall before losing to unbeaten Canton in the second round in Whitehouse.

Thomas was named the co-most valuable player in Kilgore’s district as a junior, and was named the offensive MVP this season.

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