In the twirling, swirling world of high school basketball, things seem to change maybe not minute to minute, but definitely night to night.
And in the case of Sabine High School’s girls, it’s nice that some things don’t change. Blaire Kaufman helped make sure of that, scoring 62 points in their last two games.
Last week, both Kilgore High School teams appeared to be in trouble. The Bulldogs had started District 16-4A play 0-2, and the Lady Bulldogs were 0-3 out of the gate.
But coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady ‘Dogs might have saved their season – and at the very least, kept their playoff hopes alive – with a road win at Henderson on Friday night.
Then, they added another win Tuesday, at home over Spring Hill.
The Bulldogs pulled out of that 0-2 spiral with back-to-back wins last week, but did slip on the road Monday at Spring Hill.
Sara Cantrell’s Sabine Lady Cardinals? They’re 14-1 at this writing, and 4-1 in District 15-3A.
Here’s a look at recent games and what’s to come.
Kilgore: The Bulldogs had won a pair of 16-4A games last week, but couldn’t pull out a win on a rare Monday night in Longview, at Spring Hill.
Kilgore dropped the close game, 45-41, and is now 2-3 in district play, and will host Cumberland Academy on Friday night, starting at 5 p.m. with freshmen.
Thomas Hattaway led Kilgore with 16 points against the Panthers in the road loss. Isaac Hoberecht had 11 points and C. Jay Ingram added five. Davin Rider and Jake Thompson had four points each; Thomas Donham added a point on a free throw.
For Spring Hill, Aaron Collier was the only player in double figures; he had 10 points.
Prior to the loss at Spring Hill, the Bulldogs got 17 points from Hoberecht in their 59-49 win at home over Henderson on Friday.
Hattaway scored 12 points and Thompson had 11 – Thompson has scored 31 points in Kilgore’s last two games, both wins.
Ingram added 10 points. Javoria Easley had six and Damarion VanZant had three.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Bulldogs went 17 miles to Henderson desperately needing a win. And they got it, 46-33 over the homestanding Lady Lions.
McGill’s senior connection – Alexis T. Anderson and Miah Thomas – has been big all season, even in close defeat, and they didn’t disappoint here. Thomas had 22 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, and Anderson had 14 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots.
In addition, sophomore Jasmine Vasquez scored three.
The Lady 'Dogs then took care of business against Spring Hill Tuesday night, a 41-36 Kilgore victory, and are now 2-3 in district play. They visit Cumberland Academy in Tyler on Friday, starting at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity game.
Against Spring Hill, Thomas had 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Catherine Dennis had six points and three steals, and Anderson had five points, 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Sabine: The Lady Cardinals flexed their muscles a little bit – are you watching, Gladewater? – on Friday night with a 74-43 dominating performance over Hughes Springs, and then topped White Oak on Tuesday night, 61-51.
The Lady Cardinals are 15-1, 5-1 in district play and have only one district loss (to Gladewater in the district opener). They’ll play at Ore City on Friday. That rematch with Gladewater is coming next Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Against Hughes Springs, Sabine led 16-12 at the end of the first period, but used a 23-point second period to blow the game open.
Kaufman finished with 27 points. Mercedes Willet had nine. Addy Gresham and Maddie Furrh each had seven; Ally Gresham added three; Callie Sparks had two; and Claudia Simmons had one.
In Tuesday night's win over White Oak, Kaufman topped her previous performance, getting 35 points.
Furrh had eight points; Willett had five; Addy Gresham had four points and Simmons, Hailey Davis and Ashlynn Davis each had three.