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Kilgore High School boys basketball coach Jeff Coleman (center, kneeling) talks to his team during a time out, as assistant coach T.J. Gillen-…

In a season where he didn’t have a lot of experience on the floor, or on the bench, either, Kilgore High School boys basketball coach Jeff Coleman got the most out of what he did have: hard-working players who came to play with a lunch-pail, punch-in, punch-out mentality.

They overcame the odds the final week to finish in a three-way tie in District 16-4A, beat their archrival that had already beaten them twice this season, and then soundly beat Spring Hill to clinch the district’s final playoff berth.

But as scrappy as Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs were, they just couldn’t overcome the home court advantage and experience of the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks.