If the Kilgore High School basketball teams keep playing the way they played Tuesday, the season may be extended quite a ways for both.
Kilgore swept a pair of important District 16-4A home games Tuesday in front of a large crowd. The Lady Bulldogs put away Chapel Hill, 45-19, and then the Bulldogs, after trailing for all but one second of the first half, also knocked off CHHS, 50-38.
Both Kilgore squads were to head to Bullard on Friday, and those are district games, as well – they were to conclude, though, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. Check out how they did online at kilgorenewsherald.com.
Kilgore 45, Chapel Hill 19 (girls): Kilgore's defense held Chapel Hill to just two first-quarter points, as the Lady ‘Dogs' lead swelled to 21-7 by halftime.
Chapel Hill made a bit of a run to start the second half, scoring five points in the first couple of minutes, but they could only get as close as 12 points. Kilgore's Miah Thomas hit a three-pointer to break Chapel Hill's run, and then Jada Abercrombie hit a bucket with three seconds left that put the KHS girls back up by 14.
Kilgore outscored Chapel Hill 12-1 in the final five minutes.
Abercrombie finished with the high total for the game, 14 points. She also had 12 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Thomas had nine points and two assists, and Jamaria Thomas had eight points, two assists and two steals.
Alexis Anderson had eight, as well, and also had eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.
Mariyah Mitchell had two points and a steal; Ja'Neece Mumphrey had two points, a rebound and a steal; Shayla Conway scored two, and had a rebound and a steal. Bailey Hedges didn't score, but had a rebound, an assist and a steal. Shelby Thompson had a rebound.
Kilgore 50, Chapel Hill 38 (boys): Chapel Hill sophomore center Teon Erwin owned the court early, getting eight points, seven rebounds and a steal in the first half.
But once Kilgore coach Jeff Coleman put Brayden Woodard in, and Woodard and Jeremiah Hoskins, among others, began to double and triple-team Erwin, the momentum changed.
Kilgore trailed 12-7 at the end of the first, but chipped away quickly. Nesba Brown scored a pair of buckets within 28 seconds of each other to keep Kilgore within one, and then Seth Thomas pulled off his usual heroics – he stepped back beyond the arc and nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, giving Kilgore its first lead of the game a second before the half. KHS went on an 11-2 run to open the second half and never trailed again.
For Kilgore, Sam Kosel led with 13 points – he hit three three-pointers. He also had three rebounds and two assists.
Hoskins finished with 10 points, six rebounds and a steal; Thomas had 10 points, too, to go with eight rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal; Deontrae Wheat had seven points, three rebounds and a steal; Brown finished with six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal; and Woodard had four points, four rebounds, three steals, a blocked shot and an assist.
Colby Powe had two steals and a rebound; Rowdy Rieke had three rebounds; and Deundre Blanton had a rebound.
Kilgore went 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Chapel Hill was 10-of-22.