Some games were moved due to the icy weather last week, and some took place right on time, but regardless, it was a good weekend to be a fan of Kilgore or Sabine High basketball.
All four teams won – Kilgore’s boys and girls swept Gilmer in a pair of very big District 15-4A matchups, and Sabine’s squads swept Harmony in equally-important games in District 15-3A.
Kilgore’s squads were to play at Spring Hill on Tuesday night, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald; Sabine’s teams were to play at Cumberland Academy on Tuesday. See updates on both now online at kilgorenewsherald.com.
Sabine has an open date on Friday, and then both Sabine teams will host Troup on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in two varsity games that very well could decide their district championships.
Kilgore’s teams are both home on Friday, against Gladewater, starting at 5 p.m., and KHS is also home on Tuesday against Chapel Hill.
Kilgore 34, Gilmer 28 (girls): Coach Jeff Coleman’s Lady Bulldogs trailed early in this rare Saturday afternoon game, and then put on a defensive clinic, holding Gilmer to just 13 second-half points.
Kilgore got 16 from Jamaria Thomas, and six from Jada Abercombie.
The Lady ‘Dogs are 4-1 overall (Bullard dealt them their only district loss so far, last week).
Kilgore 61, Gilmer 58 (boys): The Bulldogs are 2-1 for coach Jerry Timmons, and in first place in district play.
Seth Thomas continues to elevate his game for KHS. Thomas had 18, after having 25 against Chapel Hill and nine at Bullard – 52 points in the last three games. A trio of Bulldogs – Colby Powe, Deiontrae Wheat and Hunter Bonnette – each had nine points against Gilmer. Jeremiah Hoskins had eight.
“I’m glad we are winning,” Timmons laughed. “They are aging me.”
Timmons, a former Gladewater standout, faces his alma mater on Friday – he’s 0-4 against the Bears since arriving at Kilgore three years ago.
Sabine 53, Harmony 27 (boys): The Cardinals also were teaching basketball defensive classes over the weekend, holding Harmony to just seven first-half points.
Coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals (18-6 overall, 5-1 in district play) were short a couple of players – Hunter Grotemat was ill, and Nate Willis, who had two points early, took an elbow to the face and had to come out of the contest.
But the other players picked up the slack. Will Shawn was back in a big way: 22 points, including six three-pointers. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Eylan Goodwyn had 12 points, three rebounds and a steal. Tray Oliver had nine points, eight rebounds and blocked three shots for SHS. Breden Ford, up from junior varsity, had five points, two rebounds and two assists.
Also, Scottie Taylor had three points, four rebounds and played a solid defensive game. T Taylor didn’t score but also came up big defensively, picking up four Harmony charges.
Willis finished with two points and two rebounds. Grotemat played sparingly and had four rebounds and three assists. And Glenn George had two rebounds and two assists.
Sabine 41, Harmony 37 (girls): The Lady Cardinals defended home court well, too.
Miranda Cook led the way with 10 points and 15 rebounds, and also had two blocks, two assists and a steal for coach Sara Cantrell.
Sarah Davis had eight points, four rebounds and a steal for Sabine. Kristen Stuart had seven points and eight rebounds. Brookelyn Gray had six points, two rebounds, and an assist, and Genesis Willett scored six, had three rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal. Also for Sabine, Natalie Morgan had two points and a rebound, and Gracie Taylor had two points, three rebounds and a steal.