As the dust settles from football season, the Sabine High School basketball program – known for a few great seasons in its day – is off to a roaring start.
The Cardinals have already taken down one state-ranked team, have won six straight games, already have double-digit wins just 12 games into the season, and play for a tournament championship today for the second time this year.
Sabine routed Alba Golden, 52-30, on Friday afternoon in a tournament at Big Sandy. That allowed the Cardinals to punch their ticket for the tournament finals, to be played today. Sabine (10-2 this season so far) will face either host-team Big Sandy – themselves state-ranked – or T.K. Gorman in the finals. The game time wasn’t set at press time due to a power outage at Big Sandy’s campus.
Against AG, Sabine got 11 points and seven rebounds from Trey Oliver. Will Shawn scored 10 and had six assists and five rebounds. Nate Willis had six points, five rebounds and three steals. T Taylor had seven points and three rebounds, and Hunter Grotemat had six points and three assists. Eylan Goodwyn had five points and five rebounds, and Jackson Lutz had three points. Scottie Taylor and Glenn George each had two.
The Cardinals have won three games so far as a part of the tournament in Big Sandy, but none more impressive than a 56-50 win over Celeste early-on. Celeste was ranked in the latest poll in Class 2A, and the loss to Sabine was Celeste’s first of the season.
Shawn had 20 points in that game, to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Goodwyn had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Grotemat had seven points and four assists. Willis had six points, Oliver three, and Taylor, three.
Sabine had nine three pointers in the game, four of them by Shawn, and three by Goodwyn. The Cards also had four blocked shots.
Sabine last lost to Laneville in the finals of a tournament in New Summerfield back in November. After finishing at Big Sandy, they’ll visit Waskom on Tuesday night.
Kilgore: The Kilgore Lady Bulldogs, in the first year under new head coach Jeff Coleman, are playing in the girls division of the Great East Texas Shootout tournament in Brownsboro this weekend, and were 1-1 in the tourney before Friday’s game against either Texas High or Kerens.
The Lady ‘Dogs are 7-8 on the season so far, and are home Monday night against Atlanta, starting at 5 p.m. with freshmen – junior varsity and varsity will follow.
Kilgore beat Sunnyvale, 34-28, to open the tournament on Thursday, then lost to Lapoynor, 38-28.
In the win, Jamaria Thomas led with nine points and Mariya Mitchell had seven. In the loss, Thomas also had nine, and Mitchell, seven.
Coleman is in his second stint at KHS – he once led Kilgore’s boys program to three straight playoff seasons and a regional tournament, ending a near 30-year playoff drought.
Kilgore’s boys, coached by Jerry Timmons, are playing this weekend in the Chick-Fil-A Longview Officials Tournament, being played at Union Grove.
The Bulldogs had lost their season opener at Pittsburg last week, and lost their first two games of the tournament to Lindale and Mount Pleasant. They’re 0-3, and are slated to host Winona on Tuesday, starting with the JV game at 5:30.
Statistics from the losses to Lindale and Mount Pleasant weren’t available at press time Friday.