District race heating up; Sabine girls win in OT

Kilgore’s basketball Bulldogs dropped a tight District 16-4A game on the road on Tuesday night at Chapel Hill, and the Lady Bulldogs lost too, at home.

Both KHS teams were to face Bullard on Friday night, after the deadline for this print edition of the News Herald (boys at home, girls on the road). On Tuesday, the Bulldogs are on the road at Henderson, a 5 p.m. freshmen-game start (junior varsity and varsity to follow), while the Lady ‘Dogs host HHS, in the same format.

Chapel Hill dealt Kilgore’s boys a 58-52 loss, leaving coach Jeff Coleman’s team at 1-1 in district play. Kilgore was led by Thomas Hattaway, who had 14 points. Jake Thompson scored 10 for the ‘Dogs. Jaayden Sanders had nine, Bobby King had six and Javoria Easley finished with four.

Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady ‘Dogs dropped a 37-26 decision at home to Chapel Hill. Nykayla Hooper had six points and Bryonne Brooks had six, as well, and eight rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs are off to a tough start in district, now 0-3 prior to facing Bullard Friday night.

See an update on both on this weekend.

The Sabine Lady Cardinals are in a tough district, as well, but beat Daingerfield Tuesday night by one, 59-58, in overtime.

Maddie Furrh came up big with 20 points. Claudia Simmons added 16. Addy Gresham had eight, and Ally Gresham had five. Ashlynn Davis and Tayla Calico each had four, and Ella Roberts had two.

Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals were to host New Diana on Friday, and will play at Hughes Springs on Tuesday, starting with JV at 5 p.m.

Sabine’s boys dropped one to Daingerfield on Tuesday, 67-42. Breydan Pobuda led Sabine with 12 points. Colt Starks added 10 and Matt Smith had seven. Coach Colby Carr’s Sabine squad was to play at New Diana Friday, and will host Hughes Springs Tuesday, also starting with JV at 5.


KHS teams in tourneys

It’s cold, it’s January, and it’s soccer time, which at Kilgore High School means it’s winning time.

At least, that’s what it’s meant for more than a decade.

The Kilgore Lady Bulldogs are hosting a tournament this weekend here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium (and a junior varsity version on the high school’s campus), while coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs are playing in a tournament at Pine Tree.

Today’s schedule here at R.E. St. John goes like this: Carthage faces Nacogdoches at 9 a.m.; Pleasant Grove plays Bullard at 10:25; Spring Hill meets Chapel Hill at 11:50; Hallsville plays Captain Shreve at 1:15; Lufkin takes on Mount Pleasant at 2:40; Bullard plays Texas High at 4:05; Sulphur Springs meets Pleasant Grove at 5:30; and Kilgore plays in the final game of the tournament, taking on Captain Shreve at 6:55 p.m. Keep in mind tournaments are somewhat unpredictable, and even with time limits can sometimes run ahead or behind.

The Lady ‘Dogs were hit hard by graduation, and coach Todd BonDurant has his Magnificent Seven: seven freshmen that are playing on varsity.

Kilgore lost to Lufkin, but just 2-1, on Thursday on the tournament’s first day, and BonDurant said his team played very well. Of course, these tournaments are really to help coaches see what they have, and get things ready for the real season.

BonDurant and the Lady ‘Dogs hit the road to Forney next Thursday for another three-day tournament, the 10{sup}th{/sup} annual Lady Rabbit Invitational. Kilgore will play twice on Thursday: 1 p.m. vs. Wylie’s junior varsity, and 4 p.m. vs. Braswell. KHS is in group one, with both of those schools, as well as Forney and Mesquite Horn.

On Friday, the KHS girls play again at 1, this time against Horn, and then at 4 vs. Forney.

Saturday’s games begin at 8:30, and the teams’ performance on Thursday and Friday sets their Saturday game time.

In Pine Tree on Thursday, Wait’s Bulldogs won two: they beat Athens, 1-0, then beat Hallsville, but in penalty kicks.

After the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald, Kilgore was to face Palestine on Friday, just the one game. Today, the Bulldogs — in the Gold Group, with Palestine, Hallsville, and Athens – would likely play later in the day, given the fact they didn’t lose on day one. The Blue Group is Pine Tree, Whitehouse, Lindale and Carthage.

Next week, Kilgore’s boys are off until Thursday, when they’ll play in Palestine at the annual Wildcat Classic. Group A is Mabank, PT, Mexia, Faith Family and Palestine; group B is Kilgore, Waco La Vega, Livingston, Whitehouse and Lindale.

Kilgore is scheduled to play just once on Thursday: in game two, at 10 a.m. Palestine and Mabank play at 8:30 Thursday morning to begin the tournament.

On Friday, the ‘Dogs play twice: at 11:30 against Whitehouse, then at 4 p.m. against La Vega.

On Saturday, Kilgore faces Livingston at 11:30, and then the final games are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – the two teams with the second-best records in each group play at 4, and the two teams with the best records in each group will play at 6.

The tournament has a point system: six points for a win, three points for goal differential, one point for a shutout, and three points for each team whose games end in a tie.

The Bulldogs are on the road for the first half of the season, pretty much. Their first home game here at R.E. St. John isn’t set until Feb. 3, a date against New Summerfield.

— By sports editor Mitch Lucas

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