It’s beginning to look like Sabine and Troup will need a third game to possibly decide the district championship.
Sabine made sure there would at least be that possibility Tuesday night with a big win over a Troup team that had only lost two games all season, by a combined five points, prior to showing up in Liberty City. Sabine trailed 2-0 early, took the lead on a three-pointer by Will Shawn, and then never trailed again, cruising to a 52-30 win.
Both Sabine and Troup now each have just one loss in District 15-3A, meaning if that holds serve, the two would likely play again at the end of the regular season to determine the district champion and decide who gets the top seed from the district in the 3A playoffs.
Troup, 26-3 on the season now, had been averaging 60 points a game but couldn’t find a spark. Sabine led by seven, 22-15, after a low-scoring first half, and broke things open with back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to start the fourth quarter.
Tray Oliver had 13 points. Shawn finished with 12, and had nine rebounds and two assists. Eylan Goodwyn had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. T Taylor had eight points, and didn’t miss a shot, as well as two rebounds. He and brother Scottie Taylor both played solid defense again, and Scottie finished with five points, three rebounds and two assists.
Also for Sabine, Hunter Grotemat hit a key three-pointer off the bench, and had four rebounds. Glenn George and Jackson Lutz were both solid defensively.
Sabine (20-6, 7-1 in district) was to visit West Rusk on Friday night, and then will host Arp on Tuesday night at 5 p.m., starting with the junior varsity.
Troup 45, Sabine 29 (girls): Things didn’t work out nearly as well for the Lady Cardinals, who are still very much in playoff contention with the regular season ending Tuesday at home against Arp.
Still, Troup got the win here. Genesis Willett led Sabine with 10 points. Miranda Cook had seven, Sarah Davis four, Kristen Stuart and Natalie Morgan three each, and Jordin Broadway, two. Cook also had nine rebounds.