Sabine’s mission to win the District 16-3A girls basketball championship got a step closer to fruition Tuesday, although there are several more steps to be taken in the journey.
Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals took a 32-17 lead in to halftime against Elysian Fields Tuesday, then poured on more and beat EF, 51-38, Sabine’s second district win this season – the Lady Cards are 2-0 in district play, and 11-7 overall.
They got massive games from both Mikinzi Cantrell and Blaire Kaufman – Cantrell had 22, and Kaufman, 20. Mallory Furr and Mercedes Willett each had five, and Maddie Furrh had a point.
The Lady Cardinals were to host Arp Friday night, following the deadline for the print edition of the News Herald. They will visit Troup on Tuesday; that’s a 5 p.m. junior varsity start, with varsity to follow, and host Gladewater next Friday night, Jan. 10.
Sabine’s boys, coached by Colby Carr, have been off this week after competing in a tournament in Tenaha just after Christmas. The Cardinals were to open 16-3A play Friday at Arp, and also play at Troup on Tuesday – they’ll start with JV at 5.
Kilgore: KHS boys basketball coach Jeff Coleman has spoken in the last week about shoring up the team before starting District 16-4A play at home this Friday against Gilmer.
While Coleman would probably say his team is a long way from where he’d like them to be, the Bulldogs are at least playing good basketball in their last few outings. They’ve won three straight, finishing off the Paris Holiday Tournament by beating Pine Tree, 41-35, for the gold bracket championship.
Jeremiah Hoskins had 13 points for Kilgore, who trailed at halftime but spurted out to a lead with a 17-point third quarter and held on for the win.
Kilgore was to open district play at home against Gilmer Friday night, including the Lady Bulldogs, as well, although they’ve already played one district game (a road loss to Henderson).
Both Kilgore teams are also on the road at Spring Hill High in Longview on Tuesday – freshmen games start at 5, with JV and varsity to follow.
The Lady Bulldogs are backing in a bit to their district schedule: they competed in the Fidelity Tournament in Hallsville last weekend, and although they did beat Marshall, they lost their final two games to Lindale (42-32) and to Jasper (57-36).
Overton: The Mustangs and Lady Mustangs have also moved on to the district schedule as well, competing against the likes of Beckville, Big Sandy, Union Grove, Harleton, Hawkins, and Carlisle.
The Mustangs dropped their final non-district game of the season to Maud on Monday afternoon, 51-43, and were to host Harleton to start 16-2A play on Friday, after the deadline for this edition of the News Herald.
Overton senior Logan Reddic scored 20 points to lead all scorers against Maud.
The Mustangs will be at Carlisle on Tuesday, starting with JV at 5. The Lady Mustangs have been off since competing against the Longview Heat last week. They were to host Harleton as well on Friday, and will also play at Carlisle on Tuesday, starting with JV at 4.
West Rusk: The Raiders are rolling, and won again Tuesday, holding off Tyler Grace, 50-48.
Talon Winings had 25 points, five steals and four rebounds to lead the Raiders to the win. Jaxon Farquhar had 10 points and six rebounds; Gavin Smith had six points and four rebounds; Myles Foster had four points and six rebounds; D.K. Anthony had three points, and Logan Patterson had two.
The Raiders and Lady Raiders, like the Sabine High teams, compete in 16-3A, and were to play at White Oak on Friday night. West Rusk’s JV takes part in a tournament in Gary today, and then the Raiders host Harmony Tuesday night at 5, starting with JV.
According to the schedule, the Lady Raiders have been off since Dec. 20, but they were to jump back in action last night at White Oak. They, too, are hosting Harmony on Tuesday, starting with JV at 5, and both West Rusk teams play at Winona next Friday, Jan. 10.
Ronnie Sartors contributed to this story.