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KHS girls win in MPCH tournament

Coach Shun McGill’s Kilgore High School Lady Bulldogs basketball team won their tournament opener on Thursday in the Jalapeno Tree Classic at Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill. Kilgore whipped New Boston, 41-15.

KHS was to play Arp in pool play on Friday, then Texas High on Friday evening. The Lady Bulldogs will continue in the tournament today, then are scheduled to visit Brownsboro on Tuesday, a 5 p.m. freshmen start, then junior varsity and varsity.

The Lady Bulldogs aren’t scheduled for another home game until Dec. 14, the final non-district game of the year, and that’s at home against Henderson.

The Bulldogs, coached once again by Jeff Coleman, were to play at Pine Tree Friday night, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. KHS (1-1) will play at Palestine on Tuesday, starting with the freshmen game at 5, and then compete in a tournament at Union Grove next weekend. They’re back home Dec. 11 against Pittsburg.

KC men win RXIV opener; ladies open today

There was no dramatic, game-winning shot, no absolute thriller of a finish. But Kilgore College did get an important home win to open Region XIV Conference play Wednesday night, here in Masters Gym.

After visiting Angelina College grabbed a 59-54 lead, coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers just took care of business, a workmanlike attitude that saw them tie the game and then outscore the Roadrunners 9-2 in the extra session for a 70-63 win.

It was Kilgore College’s fifth straight victory, and they’ll look to make it six in a row today in Beeville, where they’ll face Coastal Bend.

The Rangers are 8-2 overall, and 1-0, of course, in RXIV play. They have only two more games before that month-long holiday break: today’s trip to Coastal Bend, and then a home game with Jacksonville College next Wednesday. After that, they’re off until a Dec. 29 home game with non-conference Houston Community College.

In the overtime period, KC’s Kevin Buckley hit a three-point shot with about 2 1/2 minutes left that gave the Rangers the lead for good. Darrian Grays went 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final moments to complete the victory.

The long ball wasn’t working for KC, for the most part. They hit just two of 17 three-point shots, and free throws were better, but not great: the Rangers were 20-of-29 from the stripe (69 percent).

But KC got 34 points from its bench, and really made the most of opportunities; Angelina turned the ball over 19 times, and KC converted those into 26 points.

Jordyn Owens had 19 points for KC and Grays, 18, and they both came up big at the line: Owens finished 9-of-11, and Grays, 7-of-7. Each of them also had three assists.

No other Ranger scored in double figures, but Rodrigue Tha Andela had eight points and 11 rebounds. Demiere Brown had six points. Kaleb Flavors had five. Buckley and Warren Richardson each had four, as did Assane Ndiaye, and Malachi Davidson had two. Buckley also had seven rebounds and Richardson had three blocked shots.

Da’Vaughn Gauno led Angelina, who had won four in a row before Wednesday, with 16 points. Teammate Ovido Perez had 14.

Lady Rangers: Kilgore College’s women’s basketball team did finally drop another game, this one in the Collin County Classic last weekend, but the Lady Rangers bounced back in a big way with a 93-41 win over Cedar Valley Monday night here at Masters.

Coach Addie Lees’ Lady Rangers are now 7-2 overall and open conference play today in Lufkin against Angelina. That’s a 2 p.m. tip-off. Angelina is undefeated (9-0) at this writing.

KC has three more games before the break: today’s at Angelina; Wednesday at home against Blinn; and at Panola College on Saturday, Dec. 8.

For KC against Cedar Valley, Sarah Ngbeike led with 17 points, and a host of Lady Rangers scored in double figures. Alexis Popham had 16; Alex Strawhorn, Patience Idoko, and Emely Rosario each had 15; and Ta’Shawna Riggs had 11.

Mgbeike couldn’t be stopped; she had 17 rebounds and four steals to go with her 17 points. Rosario had five rebounds and four steals. Idoko had 11 rebounds, and Ireneshia Johnson had 10.

DeModesty Williams had 15 for Cedar Valley.

FISHING

Kilgore Bass Anglers begins Jan. 7

The Kilgore Bass Anglers meet the first Monday of each month at The Back Porch restaurant in Kilgore. Their 2019 season will begin with the first meeting, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The KBA fishes one tournament a month, and competitors have the option of fishing on Saturday or Sunday. Last year, the club began with 18 teams, and finished with 14 eligible for their end-of-year Classic. Tournaments are a team format, but those who want to fish alone can do so, at the cost of the team entry ($50).

Bylaws can be seen online at kilgorebassanglers.com. For more, call Jamie Ware at (903) 812-0880.

FOOTBALL

EMCC wins NJCAA national title

The 2018 NJCAA’s national championship came down to a defensive struggle, but it was No. 1 East Mississippi who prevailed with a 10-9 victory over No. 2 Garden City on Thursday night at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. The title is the fifth in program history for the Lions.

In the first-ever NJCAA national championship event televised on live national television via CBS Sports Network, East Mississippi used a second quarter fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by Everitt Cunningham to pull away. East Mississippi defense stopped a fourth quarter two-point conversion attempt by the Broncbusters to seal the victory.

East Mississippi finished a perfect 12-0.

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