Kilgore’s basketball teams earned another split in Bullard on Tuesday night, in what was the regular season finale for the Lady Bulldogs – but a three-way tie in the district standings was the ironic result.
And for Sabine, one team has already gotten its playoff ticket; another is trying to secure one.
Kilgore: The Lady ‘Dogs dropped a 49-34 decision to Bullard, and as a result, Kilgore, Henderson and Spring Hill are in a three-way tie in District 16-4A. The three teams are going to play a round-robin to determine who moves on to the UIL Class 4A playoffs.
Kilgore and Henderson will play the first game of that tiebreaker on Friday night, at 7:30 at Winona. The season is over for the loser; the winner moves on and will face Spring Hill for the right to go on to the real 4A playoffs.
For coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs against Bullard, senior Jada Abercrombie had 15 points and had seven rebounds. Miah Thomas had eight points to go with 15 rebounds, and Alexis “A.T.” Anderson had seven points, 14 rebounds, and blocked three shots.
The regular season continues for one more game for the Kilgore boys, who beat Bullard Tuesday night, 49-43. That stopped a two-game losing skid for coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs, now 8-4 in district play with an open date Friday night.
Kilgore will finish the regular season next Tuesday at Henderson. The ‘Dogs lost to Henderson the first round of district play.
Against Bullard, Thomas Hattaway had a break-out game with 16 points. C.J. Ingram had 12, and Jeremiah Hoskins had 11. Rowdy Rieke and Jake Thompson each had four and freshman Dee VanZant had two.
Sabine/ West Rusk: Sabine’s boys and girls swept White Oak in District 16-3A play on Tuesday, the regular season finale for Sabine’s girls.
The Lady Cardinals wrapped up a playoff spot with a nice finish, six straight wins. They beat White Oak, 53-46, and will face Elysian Fields in the first round of the University Interscholastic League Class 3A playoffs. That game will be next Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Longview High School at 6 p.m.
Against White Oak, Mikinzi Cantrell had 18 points. Blaire Kaufman had 16. Mallory Furrh had six, and Hailey Davis had five. Maddie Furrh added four, and Mercedes Willett and Aubree McCann each had two.
Sabine is 21-9 on the season, headed into the playoffs, and finished up the 16-3A schedule with a 12-2 record.
The Cardinals also beat White Oak, 62-56 in overtime. The Roughnecks got a basket to tie it up just before regulation ended, but in overtime, Sabine was too much.
A.J. Gresham led the way for coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals with 20 points. David Robinson had 14. Kaden Manning had nine and Bre’den Ford had seven.
Sabine is 7-5 in district play, with two games left: at home against Harmony on Friday, starting at 5 p.m. with junior varsity, and at West Rusk on Tuesday. West Rusk is also fighting for a playoff spot, and that took a dent on Tuesday night with a 48-25 loss at Troup.
The Raiders have a game at Gladewater on Friday, and then host Sabine to finish the regular season. Sabine beat West Rusk in the first round of district play, back on Jan. 24.