An oddity occurred Friday night in high school basketball, as both Kilgore High School teams lost to Bullard by the exact same score.
Both games, of course, are part of the District 16-4A schedule, and obviously Kilgore fans would have preferred different outcomes at both sites; still, the fact that the games were decided by the same score is a rarity.
Bullard’s Panthers beat Kilgore, 71-49, here at KHS gym, and Bullard’s Lady Panthers also dealt the Lady ‘Dogs a 71-49 loss.
In the boys game, Kilgore lost in spite of a big performance by C.Jay Ingram, who had 25 points. Jake Thompson had eight. Jayden Sanders and Thomas Hattaway each had three, and Rylan Copeland, Javoria Easley, Daverian Franklin, Bobby King, Braydon Nelson and Zaylon Stoker each hit two.
The Bulldogs have lost two in a row, unfortunately, having lost at Chapel Hill earlier in the week. That drops them to 1-2 in 16-4A play. All teams in the district are battling for four playoff spots.
Kilgore visits Henderson on Tuesday, then hosts Spring Hill on Friday, beginning with freshmen at 5 p.m. on both nights.
Point totals from the girls’ game in Bullard weren’t immediately available on Saturday morning, but the girls are also fighting for one of those four playoff spots in the district, and they’re in a hole right now, 0-4. There’s hope, though: there are eight games left to rally, and the Lady Bulldogs have done so before.
They have the opposite schedule as the Bulldogs. They’ll host Henderson on Tuesday, then visit Spring Hill on Friday, also starting at 5 p.m. with freshmen games on both nights.
Sabine: Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals won again, another close game – but a victory, nonetheless.
Sabine hosted New Diana on Friday night, and held off the Lady Eagles, 31-29. Sabine’s last two games have been decided by a total of three points.
Maddie Furrh again led the Lady Cardinals with 11 points. Addy Gresham, Claudia Simmons and Ashlynn Davis each had six, and Ally Gresham had two.
Sabine’s girls visit Hughes Springs, a 5 p.m. junior varsity start, with varsity to follow, on Tuesday, and then host White Oak in that same format on Friday.
The Cardinals lost their contest, 50-38 – point totals weren’t immediately available. They’ll have the opposite schedule for the coming week, which means they’re home against Hughes Springs on Tuesday night, and at White Oak on Friday, both beginning at 5 with JV games.
KHS boys win; girls tie
Coach Tom Wait’s Kilgore Bulldogs boys soccer program won again on Friday night in the Pine Tree Invitational, beating Palestine, 2-0. Kilgore is technically 2-0-1 on the season, having beaten Athens in the season opener (as a part of the tournament) on Thursday, and then playing to a scoreless tie with Hallsville later that day, although Kilgore would go on to win the game on penalty kicks.
The ’Dogs shut out Palestine on Friday night.
Kilgore is off until Thursday, when they’ll play in the annual Palestine tournament. Kilgore is in Group B, with Waco La Vega, Livingston, Whitehouse and Lindale. Group A is Mabank, PT, Mexia, Faith Family and Palestine.
Kilgore plays Lindale in game two of the tournament, at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. Palestine and Mabank play at 8:30 that morning to begin the tournament.
On Friday, the ‘Dogs play twice: at 11:30 against Whitehouse, then at 4 p.m. against La Vega.
Next 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 point system for the tournament: 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.
Kilgore’s first home game isn’t until Feb. 3, a date against New Summerfield.
The KHS girls are here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium once again on Saturday: they play Captain Shreve in the final game of a three-day tournament, scheduled for a 6:55 p.m. start, although tournament play can run ahead or behind.
Kilgore played to a scoreless tie with Nacogdoches on Friday night.
“Very proud of the way we’ve played,” coach Todd BonDurant said. “We are young this year. These young ladies are playing hard and getting better.”
Kilgore had lost to Lufkin, but just 2-1, on Thursday night. BonDurant’s varsity has seven freshmen.
Like the boys, the Lady Bulldogs are off until Thursday this week, and they’ll play in Forney’s Lady Rabbit Invitational, another three-day tournament.
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 Braswell, the Wylie JV, Forney and Mesquite Horn.
On Friday, the KHS girls play again at 1, this time against Horn, and then at 4 vs. Forney.
Next Saturday’s games, which will start at 8:30 a.m., depend upon how the teams fare in pool play.