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It took a while – literally – to get going Friday night, and it seemed like the Kilgore High School basketball Bulldogs just never felt comfortable until the end, and by then, it was too late.
District 16-3A’s all-district team has been signed, sealed and approved, and so has Sabine senior Mikinzi Cantrell – the offensive player of the year.
Both Sabine High School basketball teams are aiming to stay awhile, so to speak, in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 3A playoffs.
Time to go to work.
That might not have been the official rallying point for the Kilgore High School basketball Bulldogs this season, but it definitely fits.
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.
There’s always been a special magic for folks who were around Sabine High School senior Collin Walden, whose personality seems to touch everyone he meets.
Tonight, the Kilgore High School girls basketball team will try to kick it into gear one more time and knock off an East Texas basketball power.