With lengthy football and volleyball seasons at Kilgore and at Sabine this school year, basketball is getting off to what feels like a late start, but so far, so good for the girls teams at both programs.

The boys are just starting to get their basketball legs under them.

Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs beat East Texas Christian School, 56-42, on Tuesday night, to get to 3-0 on the season. Coach Trushundra McGill’s team was to play at White Oak on Friday night, after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald, and they’ll be at Winona on Monday. That’s a day game – a noon junior varsity start, with varsity to follow.

Kilgore’s girls also play a road game Tuesday at Lindale, with freshmen starting at 10 a.m.

In the win over ETCS, Miah Thomas led the way with 16 points, and also had seven rebounds and three steals. Jada Abercrombie had 12 points, eight rebounds and two steals.

Skye Cotton and Alexis “A.T.” Anderson each scored eight points; Anderson had 11 rebounds and an assist, and Cotton had 13 rebounds and a steal.

Kilgore’s Bulldogs, coached by Jeff Coleman, opened the season Tuesday night at home, but lost, 70-43, to Marshall. The ‘Dogs were to host Nacogdoches on Friday, after the News Herald’s print deadline. They host Rusk on Monday night – freshmen start at 5, with JV and varsity to follow, and then they’re off until Friday. On Friday, they host Palestine, a noon freshmen start, again with JV and varsity afterward.

Sabine: The Lady Cardinals, coached by Sara Cantrell, are 3-1, and are playing in the Union Grove tournament this weekend.

Sabine blasted New Diana, 57-30, on Tuesday night, jumping out to a 13-2 lead after the first quarter. Mikinzi Cantrell and Blaire Kaufman each scored 14 points. Mallory Furrh had 10, and Hailey Davis had five.

Aubree McCann, Callie Sparks and Mercedes Willett each had four, and Halyn McKenzie had two.

Sabine didn’t score as many points, but they did win their opener Thursday in the UG tourney, beating McLeod, 35-17.

Cantrell led again with 11 points, and Kaufman had nine. Maddie Furrh added six, Davis, three, and McKenzie and Mallory Furrh each had two; McCann and Sparks each hit a free throw.

Sabine lost to Hawkins, 68-48, as a part of the tournament on Friday morning. Kaufman had 17 points. McCann had eight. Each of the Furrh sisters had six. Willett had five, and Cantrell, McKenzie and Davis each had two.

That tournament continues throughout the weekend, and then the Lady Cardinals will visit Hawkins (ironically) on Tuesday, a 2 p.m. JV start, varsity afterward, and are off the remainder of the week, back in action at home Dec. 3 against Spring Hill.

Coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals lost a 53-52 heartbreaker at Tatum Tuesday night.

Breydan Pobuda led Sabine with 15, and David Robinson, fresh off competing in the state cross country meet, added 10.

The Cardinals are off this weekend, but host Brownsboro on Tuesday, a 1 p.m. JV start, then varsity. They’re off after that until a home game with Jefferson Dec. 3.

Sabine’s football team is still in the playoffs at this writing, and was preparing to take on Pottsboro in Paris on Friday night.

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