District 16-4A play didn’t get off to a rousing start for the Kilgore Lady Bulldogs, who hosted Lindale on Tuesday, but came up just short in the district opener for both teams.

Lindale edged Kilgore, 52-48.

The Lady ‘Dogs still had some great performers: seniors Miah Thomas and Alexis T. Anderson combined for 38 points – Thomas had 24, Anderson, 14. Anderson had 18 rebounds, and blocked two shots; Thomas had 13 rebounds.

Also for Kilgore, Jasmine Vasquez added three points.

The Lady ‘Dogs are off the remainder of this week for Christmas, and their first game back is at non-district opponent Marshall on Tuesday. Junior varsity plays at 10:30 a.m., varsity to follow. They visit Chapel Hill next Friday, Jan. 1. Kilgore’s girls are coached by Trushundra McGill.

The Bulldogs were off Tuesday after beating West Rusk Monday afternoon in non-district play, as chronicled in Wednesday’s News Herald. Kilgore’s Bulldogs are 9-3 overall, and they’ll open 16-4A play at Lindale on Tuesday.

The ‘Dogs are home next Friday against Chapel Hill.

Sabine: Coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals lost a heartbreaker, 48-46, at Daingerfield Tuesday in the District 15-3A opener for both programs.

David Robinson had 23 points for Sabine. Dillan Jacobs had 18.

Sabine plays at Brownsboro on Tuesday night, a non-district night, starting with JV at 5 p.m., and then is off until a trip to New Diana on Jan. 5. The Cardinals aren’t actually at home until Jan. 12 – their first three district games are all on the road.

Sabine’s Lady Cardinals, coached by Sara Cantrell, held off the Longview HEAT, 67-52, in non-district play on Monday.

The Lady Cardinals are 2-1 in district, and 11-1 overall. Their lone loss was the district opener against Gladewater.

Sabine steps out of district again Tuesday for a trip to Troup, varsity-only, at 2 p.m., and then is off until Jan. 5, like the boys, with a trip slated to New Diana for another district matchup.

For Sabine in the win over the heat, Merdeces Willett led the way with 18 points. Maddie Furrh and Blaire Kaufman each had 15 and Claudia Simmons chipped in 12. Addy Gresham had four and Hailey Davis, three.

Jordan Parker had 21 points for the HEAT, who were down to four players during the overtime period, thanks to injuries and fouls.

Brailey Brown had 14 for the HEAT and Jaelyn Cleveland added 10.

West Rusk: The West Rusk Raiders got their first win of the season Tuesday, beating Laneville, 50-39.

Torami Dixon had 23 and had 13 rebounds in the win. Andon Mata had 14 points, five steals, three assists, and three rebounds for the Raiders. Geremiah Smith had seven points, three steals, three assists and two rebounds. Jaxon Farquhar had three points, six rebounds and three assists; Jimmie Harper also had three points, and grabbed four rebounds; and Jamal Ford had four rebounds and two assists.

The Raiders are back in action for their District 16-3A opener on Tuesday night at home against Elysian Fields, starting with JV at 5. They’re on the road next Saturday at Waskom, for another district game.

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