KC men win conference opener; Lady Rangers 2-0

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After a few weeks of preparation for their Region XIV Conference schedule, the Kilgore College Rangers passed the first test – and with flying colors.

The Rangers opened their RXIV slate at home Wednesday night at Masters Gym and routed the Angelina College Roadrunners, 86-52. KC is 8-1, now, and 1-0, of course, in conference play.

They’ll play at Jacksonville College today at 4 p.m., then host Lee College on Wednesday. After that, it’s the month-long holiday break, and KC basketball won’t hit the court again until Dec. 30.

The Lady Rangers stopped a two-game skid Wednesday night with a close win at Blinn, 79-77. The two losses were out-of-conference, so the Lady Rangers don’t have a conference loss – they’re one of just three teams that are 2-0 (Angelina and Bossier Parish are the others). Trinity Valley and Tyler are each 1-0.

KC’s ladies are home today against Coastal Bend at 2 p.m., and then host Jacksonville College next Friday at 5:30. After that, they’re on the holiday break, too, until Jan. 2.

KC 86, AC 52 (men): Chad Bowie upped his game Wednesday night for the Rangers, becoming the first Ranger this season to top the 20-point mark; he had 21, to go with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Also for the Rangers, Demiere Brown had 18 points; Malachi Davidson, Davon Newton, and Daytone Jennings each had 10; Tavion Atkinson and Darrian Grays each had six; Samory Gueye had three; and Lansana Nwosu had two.

Atkinson had 10 rebounds; Newton had six assists; Jennings had two blocked shots; Brown went 8-for-8 in shooting.

Nylek Cobb was the only member of the Roadrunners to score in double figures.

Through nine games, the Rangers are averaging just over 83 points per game.

KC 79, Blinn 77 (women): Things were a bit closer – MUCH closer – in Brenham, at the women’s game.

The Lady Rangers were outscored, 21-16, in the fourth quarter and flipped-flopped with Blinn a bit late, but ultimately got the win, and dropped Blinn to 0-2 in conference play.

It seems a different player leads KC in scoring every game, and it happened again in this one

The Lady Rangers (8-2 overall) were paced by Courtney Parramore’s 24 points. Jade Thurmon followed close behind with 22, and Richelle Velez had 19. She knocked down five three-point shots in the contest.

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