The UIL’s basketball playoff season continues for one area team, is over for another, and begins for two more on Tuesday.
Sabine High School’s Lady Cardinals, coached by Sara Cantrell, advanced to the second round of the Class 3A postseason with a 34-point beat-down of Jefferson on Tuesday, 75-41, at Longview High School.
Things didn’t go as well, unfortunately, for the Kilgore High Lady Bulldogs, who fell in 4A’s first round to rival Henderson, 46-25.
Kilgore’s Bulldogs, coached by Jerry Timmons, and the Sabine Cardinals, coached by Colby Carr, both begin the playoffs on Tuesday night.
Sabine 75, Jefferson 41 (girls): Sabine jumped out all over Jefferson from the get-go, leading 23-5 at the end of the first period. Jefferson never recovered.
Kristen Stuart finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals to lead the Lady Cardinals. Miranda Cook went for 21 points, 20 rebounds and two blocked shots. Gracie Taylor had eight points and two assists, and Sarah Davis had seven points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
Also for Sabine, Jordin Broadway had six points and three rebounds; Genesis Willett had six points and a rebound; Brookelyn Gray had two points, five assists, a steal and a rebound; and Natalie Morgan had two points, an assist and a steal.
Sabine was to play Queen City in Marshall on Friday, after the deadline for this edition of the News Herald. See kilgorenewsherald.com right now for an update.
Henderson 46, Kilgore 25 (girls): After a very strong regular season, Kilgore just ran into a buzzsaw in the Lady Lions, who were to play Canton in round two on Friday night.
After leading just 14-6 in a low-scoring first quarter, Henderson got hot, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 13-4 before the half.
Henderson is having its best season since 2007 in girls basketball. Henderson’s 23-8 record this season tied the school record for single-season wins (with their 2007 team).
Jamaria Thomas led Kilgore with nine points. Alexis Calderon had 19 for Henderson.
The season wasn’t a wash for the Kilgore girls, who were in their first season under coach Jeff Coleman – Coleman returned to Kilgore to coach the girls after leading the Bulldogs to the regional tournament a few seasons ago. KHS finished in a three-way tie for first place in District 15-4A.
Kilgore boys: Kilgore’s Bulldogs, coached by Jerry Timmons, are back in the 4A playoffs after a couple of seasons’ absence.
The Bulldogs finished fourth in 15-4A, and will play Center on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Nacogdoches. The game was originally set for Cushing, but was moved. Kilgore beat Gladewater, 47-36, in the regular season finale on Tuesday night.
Sabine boys: The Cardinals closed out the season, as has been covered, in a tie with Troup for the District 15-3A championship. But Sabine lost the coin flip, and enters the 3A playoffs as the number two seed from the district.
The Cardinals were to play a warm-up game in Frankston this morning, and then will meet Beckville at Pine Tree High School in Longview on Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.; it’s the second game of a doubleheader. Arp and Jefferson open the night at 6.