Sabine’s six-game winning streak came to an end in the finals of the Big Sandy tournament, and Kilgore High School’s girls continue their rebirth under first-year – and once-again – coach Jeff Coleman.
Those were the two most notable developments over the weekend in area high school basketball, which slows down only temporarily in December before hitting full stride in January, after the holidays.
Sabine’s Cardinals had won six straight games and even knocked off a state-ranked team in Celeste, but ran into a powerful underdog in T.K. Gorman on Saturday in the tournament finals. Gorman edged Sabine, 48-40.
The Cardinals couldn’t find their shot – they shot just 26 percent from the floor.
It was a low-scoring game. The teams were tied at 19 at the half, and that’s when the Cardinals slipped, outscored 20-10 in the third period. Nathan Willis led SHS with 14 points and also had eight rebounds. Eylan Goodwin had 10 points and as many rebounds, and Will Shawn was held to eight points and six rebounds.
Also for Sabine, Jackson Lutz and Hunter Grotemat each had three points, and Trey Oliver added two. T Taylor had four rebounds and two steals.
Sabine (10-3) was to play Waskom on Tuesday night, but that game was canceled. The Cardinals will play at Palestine on Friday night at 6, varsity-only, and then open District 15-3A play Tuesday at home against Cumberland Academy.
As for the Kilgore Lady Bulldogs, Coleman is at his best back on Kilgore’s bench after brief stints at both Tyler Lee and Gladewater. Coleman, who came from Oklahoma about eight years ago to coach Kilgore’s boys program, breathed new life into a KHS boys team that hadn’t made the playoffs in nearly 30 years. Coleman resurrected Kilgore basketball and got the Bulldogs all the way to the regional tournament before saying goodbye for Lee.
But Coleman wanted to return to Kilgore, and has done so – he’s now leading the Lady Bulldogs, who are already 8-9 on the season. They lost to Brownsboro on Saturday as part of Brownsboro’s Great East Texas Shootout (29-26), but then beat Atlanta, 34-30, on Monday night here at KHS.
Kilgore got 12 points from Jamaria Thomas, who also had eight rebounds, and Maih Thomas had eight points. The Lady 'Dogs play at Rains on Friday at 5 p.m.
CORRECTION: The News Herald made a mistake in its basketball roundup last week. Kilgore’s girls actually defeated Tatum in a recent contest, not the other way around. The News Herald regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.