It’s come to this: by the time this edition of the Kilgore News Herald hits the driveways, the playoff fate of the Kilgore High School girls basketball team will be decided.

Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs stepped up with a 53-37 home win over Henderson on Tuesday night, setting up a big one Friday night at Spring Hill in the regular season finale for both teams.

That game was to take place following the deadline for this paper; see right now, the sports section, to see how it turned out.

If Kilgore was able to get out with a win, then the Lady ‘Dogs are headed to the playoffs in the fourth and final playoff seed from District 16-4A.

Tuesday night against Henderson, Miah Thomas had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Alexis T. Anderson had 16 points and 12 rebounds. KeKe Roy added five points, two assists and a steal on senior night.

Coach Jeff Coleman’s Kilgore Bulldogs are also in the thick of the district’s boys playoff hunt. At press time, the ‘Dogs were preparing for a home game against Spring Hill. They visit Cumberland Academy in Tyler on Tuesday for the final regular season night; that’s a 5 p.m. freshmen start, with junior varsity and varsity to follow.

Kilgore’s boys also topped Henderson Tuesday night, 50-45. And after having 33 points the game before, C. Jay Ingram had another nice game against the Lions, finishing with 25 points on Tuesday. Thomas Hattaway scored nine. Isaac Hoberecht had six, Davin Rider had four, and Javoria Easley, Jake Thompson and Damarion VanZant each had two.

Sabine: Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals visited Hughes Springs Tuesday, and after the first half, Hughes Springs probably wanted them to go home.

Sabine got 21 points from Blaire Kaufman, one of her typical nights on the court, and the Lady Cardinals did leave, but not before dropping 56 in a 56-31 win.

Sabine is 19-2 overall, 9-2 in District 15-3A, and was also to finish its regular season Friday night at home against White Oak. The Lady Cardinals are definitely in the UIL Class 3A girls playoffs and when their first playoff opponent, site, date and time are announced, it’ll be announced in the News Herald, as well.

At Hughes Springs, in addition to Kaufman’s performance, Maddie Furrh and Hailey Davis each had 11; Mercedes Willet had six; Ally Gresham had three; and Ashlynn Davis and Claudia Simmons each had two.

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