KRUM — The camouflage-clad Sanger fans pitched a camouflage tent in the corner of Krum’s Bennie Enis Gym on Tuesday night, well beyond the 3-point line.
Sanger’s boys basketball team followed suit and launched 3-pointers for most of the night. And more often than not, the camouflaged student section cheered.
The Indians cruised in a 71-46 victory against Krum behind the strength of its shooting from beyond the 3-point line.
“We’ve been shooting it well, but I think it’s the best we’ve shot it in the five years I’ve been here,” Sanger head coach Robert Sikora said.
The victory gives the Indians (15-12, 4-1 District 9-3A) a season sweep of Krum and keeps them in striking range of first-place Decatur.
Sanger knocked down 11 of its 18 long-range shots, including an 8-for-11 first half from behind the arc. Sanger’s Tyler Roelofs led all scorers with 16 points, while Tanner Thomas added 14 points off four 3-point baskets. Krum was led by Colton Knierim’s 11 points, the only Bobcat to score in double figures.
Krum (5-18, 0-5) quickly fell behind after Roelofs scored six straight points to start the game. The Indians then knocked down bucket after bucket, including a 3-pointer by Thomas right before the end of the first half. Sanger took a 37-24 halftime lead into the locker room, and the lead swelled in the third quarter as the long shots kept falling.
Sanger’s play on Tuesday night was an extension of how well the Indians have been playing recently. Since the calendar turned from December to January, the Indians have won 10 of 12 games, with the only losses coming to Decatur and Wills Point.
“We played a really tough nondistrict schedule that I think helped prepare us for this,” Sikora said.
Following the game, Krum head coach Sam Anderson attested to Sanger’s recent stretch of success. The Bobcats combated the hot team with 10 of 11 players on the roster playing in their first varsity season, Anderson said.
Earlier in the year, Krum knocked off Pottsboro even though it allowed 11 3-pointers. But there wasn’t much Anderson’s young squad could do about Sanger’s hot shooting on Tuesday night.
“Unless you’re matching that, it’s just tough,” Anderson said. “There were times when we had a hand in their faces and they still hit it.”
Krum 49, Sanger 32
At one point in the first game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader, Krum’s 23-point lead was whittled down to 10 points, and Sanger seemed to be on the verge of erasing the lead.
But the Lady Cats were able to recover in the second half and pick up a huge 49-32 victory against the Lady Indians on senior night.
“We’ve gotta get them all at home, and get what you can on the road,” Krum head coach Lana Degelia said. “This one was big.”
The Lady Cats (16-14, 5-2) were coming off a loss to Decatur last week that knocked them from the top of the district standings. The Lady Cats entered Tuesday night trailing first-place Gainesville by a game.
Krum’s Kylee Myers and Sanger’s Carissa Spiker each scored a game-high 13 points. Krum’s Mackenzie Ripple also added seven points in the victory. The Lady Cats scored the game’s first 11 points and at one point led 28-5. But Sanger closed the first half on a 12-2 run and trailed 30-17 at halftime.
Four of the Lady Indians’ five starters were sophomores, and the young squad trailed by 11 points in the third quarter before Krum found its groove again and stifled Sanger (11-17, 1-5).
For Sanger head coach Jack Armstrong, he said the time the youngsters are getting will hopefully pay dividends in the future.
“We’ve gotten a lot of experience, and hopefully it’ll pay off in the long run,” Armstrong said.
Sanger 71, Krum 46
Sanger (15-12, 4-1) — Wilding Smith 4, Garrett McCleod 6, Joseph Clark 7, Xavier Warner 2, Tanner Thomas 14, Hayden Higgs 7, Casey Sykes 5, Kyle Link 10, Tyler Roelofs 16.
Krum (5-18, 0-5) — Colton Knierim 11, Nick Perches 6, Hunter Sullivan 5, Jared Cowan 6, Lane Miller 5, Jarrett Deaton 3, Riley Marshall 6, Garrett Koiner 4.
Krum 49, Sanger 32
Sanger (11-17, 1-5) — Bre Henderson 2, Carissa Spiker 13, Jacy Beam 2, Taylor Shepard 2, Brittany Donelson 4, Jaylen Pegues 3 , Brooke Lewis 3, Corey Hammons 3.
Krum (16-14, 5-2) — Caylee Thomas 7, Haley White 7, Sadie May 6, Mackenzie Ripple 8, Haley Lewis 4, Jo Beth Guerra 2, Kylee Myers 13, Riley Place 2.