February is right around the corner, and the end of high school basketball’s regular season can be seen in the distance, especially for girls teams.

Kilgore split with Gilmer on Tuesday night, with the Bulldogs getting a second win of the season over the Buckeyes.

Over the weekend, Kilgore High School split their District 17-4A meetings at Spring Hill; Sabine swept their district games over New Diana; and West Rusk’s Jimmie Harper dropped 30 points in a win over Waskom.

Kilgore: Tuesday night, as mentioned, coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs opened the second round of 17-4A play with a 61-38 win over the Gilmer Buckeyes.

Kilgore has won back-to-back games now after a two-game losing streak (at Center and at Chapel Hill). The Bulldogs are 5-2 in district play.

Both Kilgore teams will host Henderson on Friday, starting with subvarsity games at 4:30 p.m.

In the win at Gilmer, Jayden Sanders went off, scoring 21 points for the Bulldogs. Chris Williams and Bobby King each had eight. Brayden Nelson and Rylan Copeland each had six. Mykel Davis had four, and Dadrian Franklin and Isaiah Ross each had two.

Kilgore’s girls lost at Gilmer, 60-22 – Hallie Smires led Kilgore with eight points.

Against Spring Hill last weekend, it was also a split decision. The Lady Bulldogs dropped their game, 40-34, with Smires leading the way with 11 points. Auniyeuh Matlock and Maurine Witt each added seven.

Laila Thompson had 11 to lead the Lady Panthers.

The junior varsity-A for Kilgore beat Spring Hill, 39-12 – Dakotta Kopp had 14 for the JV-A Lady ‘Dogs and Molly Quine had 12.

Coach Coleman’s Bulldogs were – well, in a dogfight.

Spring Hill came to play, forcing overtime in the final seconds of the contest. But Kilgore’s defense clamped down, allowing the Panthers only two points in the OT session, and hanging on for their fourth 17-4A win of the year.

Nelson led Kilgore with 17 points. Sanders had 11. King had seven. DaMarion VanZandt had four. Franklin had three, and Williams had one.

Sabine: Sabine coach Sara Cantrell got a big birthday present from her team Tuesday night: a near 50-point win.

The Lady Cardinals blasted Daingerfield, 62-14, in District 15-3A play.

Sabine had a 25-point third quarter to blow the game open.

Ashlynn Davis led the way with 16 points. Loren Colquitt scored 12, and Ashleigh McCormack added nine. Kylee Longhofer scored six, Caitlyn Stewart had five, Ella Roberts and Breanna Evans each had four, and Bailey Pierce, Silvia Bosoni, and Tayla Calico each had two.

Over the weekend, both Sabine teams took care of business in district play, with the Lady Cardinals doubling up on New Diana in a low-scoring game, 28-12, and the Cardinals getting 24 points from Hudson McNatt in a 46-31 win over the Eagles, as well.

In addition to McNatt’s 24 points, Colt Sparks added seven points and Clayne Simmons scored six. New Diana was led by Jaydan Johnson, who had 11.

For the girls, Davis led Sabine with 11 points. Colquitt had eight. McCormack had four, Evans had three, and Stewart had two.

Both Sabine teams will host Hughes Springs on Friday, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

West Rusk: Harper’s 30 points led a scorching West Rusk offense at their home gym over the visiting Wildcats, who also got 13 points from Jaxon Farquhar. Tate Winings chipped in six points. Cole Jackson scored five, and Ty Harper, Carson Martin and Geremiah Smith each had two.

West Rusk’s teams had an open date last night, Tuesday night, and are scheduled to visit Arp on Friday, a 5 p.m. junior varsity start.

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Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.