Holidays are almost upon us, and with that, area high school basketball slows down just a little bit.

But the Kilgore High School boys got a win Friday morning in a tournament at Mount Pleasant, beating White Oak, 35-28. Kilgore got eight points from Jake Thompson and seven from senior Jeremiah Hoskins.

The Bulldogs lost to Jefferson, 37-34, Friday afternoon. Thomas Hattaway led coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs with nine points. Brian Brown had eight, and C.J. Ingram added six. Hoskins had five, Thomas scored four and Rowdy Rieke had two.

The ‘Dogs were to host Jacksonville Tuesday night, in a game that occurred after the print deadline of this issue of the News Herald, and are set to host Mount Pleasant on Friday – that’ll start at 5 p.m. with the freshmen, with junior varsity and varsity to follow.

That’s Kilgore’s last game before Christmas. The Bulldogs will be back in action in the annual Paris holiday tournament next Thursday, varsity only, and then it’s time to open District 16-4A play. They’ll do that at home against Gilmer on Friday, Jan. 3.

As for the Lady Bulldogs, coach Trushundra McGill’s team was off last weekend. They’re 8-5 on the season to date, and are set to open district play at Henderson on Friday, starting at 5 p.m. with the freshmen game.

That’s it for the Lady ‘Dogs before Christmas, too. They’ll play in the Hallsville tournament next Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, and then resume the district schedule with a home date against Gilmer Jan. 3.

West Rusk: The West Rusk Raiders played very, very well in a tournament at Gary, winning the finals in a 51-49 overtime battle with Elysian Fields on Saturday.

Talon Winings led the Raiders with 22 points and Myles Foster added 13.

To get there, the Raiders had to win a tough battle with Douglas, and held them off, 46-45.

Foster and Winings each had nine in the win for the Raiders; Jaxon Farquhar and Gavin Smith each had seven.

The Raiders, coached by Chad Hlavaty, were to play at Avinger on Tuesday night, after the deadline for this edition of the News Herald, and will play at home against Timpson on Friday, starting at 5. They’re off until after Christmas, when they’ll compete Dec. 26-28 in the Hawkins tournament.

The Lady Raiders, coached by David Lacy, are hosting another team from the News Herald’s coverage area, Sabine, on Friday night, starting with JV at 5 p.m.

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