Season-saving win? Maybe. Big momentum-building win? For sure.
That’s what coach Trushundra McGill and the Kilgore High School girls basketball team got on Tuesday night at Spring Hill, their first District 16-4A win of the schedule after dropping the first two games. Kilgore outlasted Spring Hill in overtime, 36-32.
That moves the Lady Bulldogs to 1-2 on the district schedule. They were, along with the Kilgore boys, to host Cumberland Academy on Friday night, following the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald. Both Kilgore teams will play at Chapel Hill on Tuesday night, starting with subvarsity games at 5 p.m., and then KHS hosts Bullard next Friday.
Tuesday night against Spring Hill, Miah Thomas again led Kilgore with 11 points, and had nine rebounds and four steals. Alexis “A.M.” Anderson had nine points and three rebounds. Nakayla Hooper had five points, three of them at the free throw line in the final moments of overtime. Alexis “A.T.” Anderson (yes, the Lady ‘Dogs have two Alexis Andersons) had 15 rebounds and blocked four shots to go with her five points.
The Bulldogs didn’t fare as well. After opening district play with a win at home over Gilmer last weekend, KHS stumbled at Spring Hill, edged out by just one point, 43-42.
Kilgore raced out to a 9-0 lead to start the game, but it wound up being a low-scoring affair. Bulldog senior Jeremiah Hoskins knocked down a shot to put Kilgore up, 42-41, with about 2 ½ minutes left, but Spring Hill’s Casey Mudoh scored on a tip-in 30 seconds later and incredibly, neither team would score again.
Spring Hill held on, but by the seat of their pants – Hoskins and the Bulldogs held for the final shot, but it banged off the rim, and Kilgore fell to 1-1 in district play.
Hoskins led KHS with 13 points. C.J. Ingram had 12.
West Rusk: After slipping in their District 16-3A opener at White Oak last weekend, the West Rusk Raiders got back on track with a home win over Harmony on Tuesday, 71-47.
Talon Winings led the way for the Raiders with 20 points. Gavin Smith had 18, Logan Patterson had 12 and Jaxon Farquhar had 11. Myles Foster had six points, Jimmy Harper had four, and Rylan Still had three. Winings also had six assists and three steals; Smith had six rebounds; Patterson had four steals; Foster had 13 rebounds; and Farquhar had nine. Jamal Ford didn’t score, but had three assists and two steals for West Rusk.
Logan Baker led Harmony with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The girls game went to Harmony, though, 52-25.
Sabine: In a tight District 16-3A girls game, Sabine’s Lady Cardinals blew by Troup in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 14-3 for a 46-27 win.
Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cards are 13-7 overall, but 4-0 in district play and were to host Gladewater on Friday. They’ll also be home Tuesday against Winona, starting at 5 p.m. with junior varsity games (the boys play at home that night as well).
At Troup, Sabine got 11 points from Mallory Furrh, and nine from Mikinzi Cantrell. Maddie Furrh and Blair Kaufman each added six, and Haley Davis, Halyn McKenzie, and Mercedes Willett each scored four. Aubree McCann had two.
Sabine’s boys, like Kilgore’s, came up one point short in a 42-41 loss at Troup, courtesy of a three-point shot by Troup’s Kendrick Frazier with 18 seconds left.
Troup held on for Sabine’s last possession for the win. Sabine led 41-39 prior to the shot.
For coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals, Savoy Goodwyn led the way with 15 points, and also had four rebounds. Breydan Pobuda had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and A.J. Gresham had six for the Cardinals, who drop to 0-2 in district play with the loss.