Both Sabine teams off to fast b'ball start


If the first few weeks of basketball season are any indication at all, then Sabine High School basketball fans may be in for a lot of fun in the next few months.

Sabine’s Lady Cardinals are now 2-0 in District 15-3A play, and the Cardinals already have 11 wins, making Palestine their latest last Friday.

Both Sabine squads were to host Cumberland Academy in a district night on Tuesday, following the deadline for this edition of the News Herald. See an update on those games this afternoon on kilgorenewsherald.com, and in Saturday’s print edition.

Sabine 44, Harmony 42 (girls): Genesis Willett had 10 points, three assists and two rebounds, as the Lady Cardinals just edged the Lady Eagles to remain perfect in district play.

Sarah Davis had eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Cards, and Miranda Cook had seven points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Also for coach Sara Cantrell’s team, Kristen Stuart had six points, three rebounds, and an assist; Brookelyn Gray had five points, an assist and a steal; Mikinzi Cantrell had four points, a rebound and a steal; and Natalie Morgan also had four points and a rebound.

Tuesday’s game was the last one prior to Christmas for the Lady Cardinals, who will be in the girls division of the Tenaha tournament that begins Dec. 27.

Sabine 60, Palestine 48 (boys): The Cardinals have played the role of the giant-killer a few times this season, and this time, it was 4A Palestine that got bitten.

Sabine, sparked by early three-point shots by Jackson Lutz, Will Shawn and others, got off to a good start and did not struggle to deal a good Wildcats team this 12-point loss. Eylan Goodwin led the Cardinals (11-3) with 18 points. He also had seven rebounds and four assists.

Shawn and Trey Oliver each had 15 points; Shawn added 10 rebounds and five assists, and Oliver also had seven rebounds. Lutz had five points. Hunter Grotemat had three, and Nathan Willis and Glenn George each had two. George had four steals; Grotemat had four assists.

Scottie Taylor and T Taylor didn’t score but were solid on defense. Sabine will be off until Dec. 27, in the boys’ Tenaha tournament.

It’s a strong field that includes state-ranked teams Tenaha, San Augustine, Thorndale, and Cushing, among others. Sabine will play at 10 a.m. on Dec. 27, against San Augustine.