The Kilgore basketball Bulldogs have done it so much under coach Jeff Coleman: start off the season slow, then begin to percolate in a Christmas-time tournament and go on a run in district.
And that’s exactly what’s happening.
Coleman’s Bulldogs, without just a great deal of varsity experience, gritted through the Paris Holiday Tournament at the end of the year and ended up beating Pine Tree to win the gold bracket, and the hard work paid off on Friday. The Bulldogs opened their District 16-4A schedule with a 47-29 home win over Gilmer.
C.J. Ingram, just a sophomore, led Kilgore with 13 points. Senior Jeremiah Hoskins had 12.
Things didn’t go as well for the Lady Bulldogs, as they came up short to Gilmer in a low-scoring game, 39-28. Miah Thomas led with eight points, and also had 10 rebounds and two assists. Summer Hayden and Skye Cotton each had seven points; Cotton had 11 rebounds, and Hayden had four, along with two steals.
That drops Kilgore’s girls to 0-2 in district play (they opened at Henderson back on Dec. 20).
Both Kilgore teams were to play district games at Spring Hill on Tuesday night, but after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. They’ll also both be home on Friday, hosting Cumberland Academy, with subvarsity games starting at 5 p.m.
Sabine: The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals earned a split decision, as well, in their District 16-3A home games against Arp on Friday night.
Sabine’s girls won, blasting Arp, 57-23. The Lady Cardinals have opened the 16-3A schedule on a 3-0 run.
Blaire Kaufman had 21 points to lead coach Sara Cantrell’s team. Mikinzi Cantrell had 12, and Mallory Furrh had nine. Mercedes Willett and Addy Gresham each had four, as did Aubree McCann, and Ally Gresham had two. Haley Davis scored one.
Sabine’s boys came up short, 55-39. Savoy Goodman and Breydan Pobuda each had 12, and Pobuda had 10 rebounds, as well.
The Cardinals (0-1 in district) and Lady Cardinals were both to play at Troup on Tuesday night, and will host Gladewater on Friday, starting with junior varsity games at 5 p.m.
West Rusk: Neither West Rusk team left White Oak with a win Friday night, in their 16-3A boys and girls contests.
The Raiders dropped the nightcap to the Roughnecks, 60-50, mainly due to a 22-point White Oak third quarter that West Rusk couldn’t come back from.
Talon Winings led West Rusk with 18 points.
In the girls game, it was also White Oak coming out on top, 57-30. Chloe Tidwell led the Lady Raiders with 10.
Both West Rusk teams were to host Harmony on Tuesday night, and will both play at Winona on Friday, starting with JV games at 5.