As disappointing as last Friday’s home loss to Henderson was, what Kilgore’s boys basketball team did at Gilmer Tuesday night was uplifting, to say the least.

Thomas Hattaway tied the game with 10 seconds left, and in overtime, once Jeremiah Hoskins gave the Bulldogs a lead on a two-and-foul, they didn’t relinquish it – Kilgore held off Gilmer, 49-48.

Hoskins, a senior, finished with 21 points – seven of them in overtime – as the Bulldogs ran their District 16-4A record to 5-2. Sophomore C.J. Ingram had 15, six of them in overtime, and Rowdy Rieke had seven points. Jake Thompson chipped in four, and Hattaway only had two, but they were a big two.

Kilgore will host Spring Hill on Friday, both boys and girls, starting with subvarsity games at 5 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs didn’t come out as well Tuesday at Gilmer, taking a 46-39 loss. Alexis “A.T.” Anderson led with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and seven blocked shots, a big night. Miah Thomas had 14 points, three assists and five steals for Kilgore, now 3-6 in district play. The girls’ regular season ends before the boys – the Lady Bulldogs only have four games left, starting with the home game against Spring Hill on Friday.

The Bulldogs bounced back from a rough loss to Henderson last Friday at home, 52-45. In that game, for coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs, Thompson had 14 points and Ingram had 13. Rieke had 12. Caleb Medford led Henderson with 13 points, and Bryson Collins had 12 for the Lions.

Kilgore’s girls also lost to Henderson, unfortunately, 52-50, in overtime. Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs played well throughout the game, just letting Henderson stay in it late. Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds for KHS. Anderson had 10 points, 12 rebounds and blocked two shots, and Jada Abercrombie had 12 points and also hit double-digits in rebounds, with 13.

Sabine / West Rusk: The Lady Cardinals, who won their first six games in District 16-3A before taking a loss, are back on the winning track, having won their last two – and Tuesday night’s game against Arp was convincing.

Sabine topped Arp, 53-17, outscoring the Lady Tigers 16-0 in the second quarter.

Mallory Furrh finished with 10 points for Sabine (17-9 overall, 8-2 in district play), and the trio of Blaire Kaufman, Mikinzi Cantrell and Maddie Furrh each had eight. Mercedes Willett added six; Halyn McKenzie and Aubree McCann each had four; Hailey Davis had three; and Callie Sparks had two.

Before that, last Friday, Sabine defeated West Rusk, 63-35. Sabine got 19 points from Kaufman, and 16 from Cantrell.

Davis added 10, Mallory Furrh had eight, Willett had six, McKenzie and Ally Gresham, two each, and McCann, one.

Coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals also came out on top over West Rusk, 56-48, in a district that has gone back and forth. Sabine got 19 points and five rebounds from A.J. Gresham in the win, and Savoy Goodwyn had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sabine came back from a first half that saw the Cardinals net just 15 points. David Robinson and Bre’den Ford each had nine points for coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals.

West Rusk was led by Talon Winings, who has hit for 34 and 33 points, respectively, in the last couple of weeks – Winings had 22 at Sabine Friday night, including an 8-for-9 performance at the free throw line. Jimmie Harper, just a freshman, had 12, and Gavin Smith had 10. D.K. Anthony and Jaxon Farquhar each had two.

Smith and Winings each had six rebounds; Farquhar, also a freshman, had four, as did Anthony. Farquhar had three blocked shots, Harper had one.

Tuesday night, though, it flip-flopped again. Sabine lost at Arp, 38-32, and West Rusk beat White Oak – the team that had beaten Sabine not long ago.

Arp’s boys are undefeated in 16-3A, though (8-0).

Sabine got seven each from Ford and Goodwyn; Gresham had six; Jace Burns and Kaden Manning each had five; and Robinson had two. The Cards are 11-12 on the season, and 4-4 in district play.

West Rusk, as mentioned, knocked off White Oak, 59-47. Winings had 19 points. Harper had 13 along with 14 rebounds, and Foster, 12. Smith had eight points; Logan Patterson scored five and Farquhar had two.

Friday, both Sabine teams will host Troup, starting with junior varsity games at 5. West Rusk visits Harmony, also starting at 5 with JV.

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