Sabine bows out in round two

Sabine High School’s girls ran into a buzzsaw Friday night in the second round of the UIL Class 3A playoffs, falling to Queen City, 57-34, in Marshall.

Sabine just shot itself in the foot in the first half, allowing QC to go into the half with a big lead (24 points). The Lady Cardinals couldn’t recover.

Still, Sabine finished the season in a three-way tie for first place in District 15-3A, won a first-round playoff game, and ended with a very good final record (23-10).

Against QC, Kristen Stuart had 10 points. Miranda Cook, Sarah Davis and Genesis Willett had six each. Jordin Broadway had four and Natalie Morgan, two.

KC splits with Bossier Parish

Don’t look now, but the Kilgore College Lady Rangers might, just might, have regained their early-season form as one of the best teams in the Region XIV Conference.

Coach Anna Nimz’s Lady Rangers beat visiting Bossier Parish, 91-81, Saturday afternoon here at Masters Gymnasium. It was KC’s second straight win, but their fourth in the last five games. The Lady Rangers are now 16-9 on the season, 10-6 in conference play, and tied with Angelina for third in the standings with four games left in the regular season – the top eight teams are seeded for the conference’s postseason tournament.

KC plays at Paris tonight at 5:30, and hosts Panola on Saturday at 2. They host Angelina College next Wednesday, then host Trinity Valley on Saturday, March 3 to close out the regular year.

Against Bossier, KC got another big game from Jade Thurmon, who had 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting, and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She had eight rebounds. Richelle Velez is playing well – she had 20 points. Hennesy Handy had 10, to go with seven rebounds and six assists, and Alex Strawhorn and Tyra Cormier each had eight. Daniel Meador had four, and 10 rebounds.

KC’s Rangers are headed in the opposite direction, unfortunately. The Rangers lost to Bossier, 75-66, for their third straight loss and fifth in the last six games. This season, KC is 13-11 overall and 5-10 in conference, but is sitting at the bottom of the North Zone standings, currently, with three games left.

KC visits Paris tonight, the second half of the doubleheader with the ladies, then hosts Panola Saturday at 4. They play at Navarro next Wednesday, then host Trinity Valley on March 3 to end the season.

Chad Bowie led KC with 21 points against Navarro. Malachi Davidson had 13.


FCA chooses locals for all-star games

Kilgore-area athletes have been named to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ annual Heart of a Champion games this summer, all-star games that allow graduating seniors to represent their schools on the field one more time.

The football all-star game will be played on Saturday, June 9, at Lobo Stadium in Longview. Four Kilgore High School standouts – Bucky Duke, Austin Adams, Isaiah Smith and Braden Grush – will play on the Red team, and they’ll be coached by Overton’s Richard Strickland. Also on the Red all-stars will be Overton’s Ashton King. West Rusk’s Dee Johnson will be on the Blue all-stars, coached by John Tyler’s Rickland Holmes.

The softball and baseball all-star games will be played on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler on Friday, June 8. Kilgore’s Harlee Biggs and Sabine’s Will Shawn will both play on the Red all-stars, coached by Athens’ Dallas Robertson.