When Jeremiah Hoskins sank a three-pointer from the top of the key with 11 seconds left Monday night for the Kilgore High School basketball team, it looked like the Bulldogs were going to overtime.
But Palestine had other ideas. And quickly executed them.
The Wildcats, who raced out to an early lead only to watch Kilgore grab it and hold it for much of the game, didn’t lead again until a split second before the final buzzer, when in a scrum someone got a layup. That layup gave Palestine a 56-54 win.
Kilgore falls to 1-4 on the season, and are to compete in a tournament at Spring Hill High School in Longview this weekend, beginning tomorrow. After that, the ‘Dogs, coached by Jeff Coleman, will play at Pittsburg on Tuesday, starting with freshmen at 5 p.m., with junior varsity and varsity afterward.
They don’t return home until a Dec. 17 date against Jacksonville. Sandwiched in there is a tournament in Mount Pleasant next weekend (Dec. 12-14).
Against Palestine, Kilgore got 15 points each from Hoskins, a senior, and from C.J. Ingram, just a sophomore. KHS got nine from Thomas Hattaway, on three three-point shots. Riley Rieke had eight, and Jake Thompson had seven.
Enoch Fatade led Palestine with 20 points.
Kilgore girls: Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs haven’t played since a couple of days before Thanksving, a road loss to Lindale, 47-37, chronicled in the News Herald last week.
The Lady Bulldogs have lost just once all season, but have also only played only one road game. The Lady ‘Dogs are 4-1 overall, and were to host Brownsboro on Tuesday night, after the deadline for this edition of the News Herald. Check out a story now on kilgorenewsherald.com.
The KHS girls are playing in a tournament at Mount Pleasant-Chapel Hill this weekend, and then are back at home Tuesday against Hallsville – that’s a 5 p.m. freshmen start.
Sabine: Also off in recent days were both of the Sabine High School basketball teams, and both jumped back in to action early this week.
Coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals (3-1) were to host Jefferson on Tuesday night, after the News Herald’s deadline, and coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals (also 3-1) were to host Spring Hill Tuesday.
The Sabine boys will play in a tournament in Edgewood this weekend, and then visit Atlanta next Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Lady Cards are in a tournament at Spring Hill this weekend and go to Harleton Tuesday.