Sabine’s teams went into the Christmas break like a firecracker, with both getting district wins, and West Rusk debuted in its district schedule with a win, as well.
The Kilgore Bulldogs slipped to Tatum, but have high hopes in the upcoming Wagstaff Holiday Tournament in Tyler. And the Kilgore Lady ‘Dogs are a continuing work in progress, says coach Jeff Coleman, but they’re on a lengthy holiday break.
Let’s go around the horn.
Sabine: The Sabine Cardinals were facing an improved Cumberland Academy team in the District 15-3A opener for both programs in Liberty City on Tuesday night, but Cumberland still got smacked, nonetheless, to the tune of 75-31.
Sabine led 26-5, incredibly, after the first quarter, and 41-14 at the half. Cumberland simply had no answer.
Eylan Goodwin led the Cardinals (12-3 this season so far) with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Nathan Willis added 13 points. Will Shawn had 13, as well, and grabbed six rebounds and had five assists.
Trey Oliver scored 11 points and had seven rebounds. Hunter Grotemat had 11 points and three assists. Glenn George had eight points, and Scottie Taylor had two. T Taylor and Jackson Lutz didn’t score, but Taylor had four rebounds and four assists, and Lutz had three assists.
Sabine has won eight of its last nine, and included in that 12-win total this year are seven 4A schools and one state-ranked 2A program. The Cardinals will be back in action Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, in the Tenaha tournament, taking on another state-ranked team, San Augustine, at 10 a.m.
The Lady Cardinals continue to soar, as well. They routed Cumberland, 85-40, Tuesday night, also at Liberty City.
Kristen Stuart had 18 points, six rebounds, two steals, a blocked shot an an assist. Genesis Willett had 15, six steals and six rebounds, and Sarah Davis scored 12, and had seven rebounds and two steals. Natalie Morgan and Miranda Cook each had nine; Cook had 11 rebounds. Jordin Brockway and Brookelyn Gray each had eight. Gracie Taylor scored four and had six rebounds, and Misty Pate and Mikinzi Cantrell each had one.
The Lady Cards are 3-0 in district play and are in the girls division in that same Tenaha tournament that begins Dec. 27.
Kilgore: Both Kilgore teams head into the break on sour notes, having lost their last game before Christmas.
But that hasn’t dampened spirits, as Kilgore’s Bulldogs have looked good, and the Lady Bulldogs, under first-year coach Jeff Coleman, already have nine wins in 20 games, and that has to make even the hard-to-impress Coleman smile – at least a little.
In their last game prior to the break, the Lady ‘Dogs dropped a 36-35 decision at Rains. Kilgore missed a pair of shots with 10 seconds left and lost the close game.
Jada Abercrombie had 16 points to lead Kilgore’s girls (9-11 overall). Jamaria Thomas had eight points. Miah Thomas had six. Mariya Mitchell and Tianna Holland each had two. Abercrombie also had six rebounds and five steals.
Kilgore is off for a while – to Jan. 5, in fact – when the Lady ‘Dogs will open the District 15-4A schedule at home against Spring Hill.
Coach Jerry Timmons’ Bulldogs lost to Tatum here Tuesday night, 59-47. After a good run in the Oil Belt Classic tournament, this was Kilgore’s third straight loss. The Bulldogs will open the Wagstaff Tournament on the Tyler Junior College campus next Thursday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. against Brownsboro, hoping to reverse that trend. Kilgore is 4-7 this season, overall.
Kilgore jumped out to a lead on Tatum and stayed in front the remainder of the first quarter. Tatum was able to take a six-point lead in the second quarter.
“Right before the half,” Timmons explained, “we went on a defensive run that started as soon as I put Buddy Jackson in. He got a steal and a layup, which helped us get a few stops in a row, and the lead by one.”
Tatum hit a buzzer-beater to take the lead at the half, and then in the second half, Timmons said, the Bulldogs came out flat. “Our defense wasn’t as great, and we didn’t execute our offense well. It was a tale of two halves.”
Timmons singled out Deiontrae Wheat, Octavian McKee, and Hunter Bonette for good play, as well as Sam Kosel and Jackson for their defense.
McKee led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points. Wheat had nine, and Bonette added seven. Drake Smith led Tatum with 13 points.
WEST RUSK: The Raiders’ former football players have finished their season and were added to the mix Tuesday night for West Rusk, and they showed up in a big way.
Talon Winings scored 23 points for the Raiders, who blasted Winona, 77-43, in the District 15-3A opener for both schools.
Darrien Johnson scored 12 and had 10 rebounds for the Raiders. Dylan Walker had 17 and L.J. Harper and Koure Johnson each had 10.
The Raiders, who also played well in the Oil Belt Tournament last week, will take on Atlanta in the Spring Hill Christmas Tournament at 10 a.m. next Wednesday.