COLLEGE BASKETBALL

KC stars moving on to 4-year programs

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Three Kilgore College Lady Ranger basketball players who helped the program to its best season since the 1990s, are moving on to continue their education and their basketball careers at four-year colleges.

Jade Thurmon has signed with Iowa State University; Tyra Cormier has signed with the University of Tampa; and Alicia Mardis has signed with Arkansas Tech University.

Thurmon was a big difference-maker for coach Anna Nimz’s Lady Rangers. She wound up the Region XIV Conference’s most valuable player, a first-team NJCAA All-American and the leading scorer in the nation.

Cormier joined the Lady Rangers after spending her freshman year at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. During her lone season at KC, she played in all 32 games with 26 starts. She was also the team’s leading shot blocker this season with 31 swats.

Mardis leaves Kilgore College after a stellar season in which she was the team’s leading rebounder, averaging more than seven boards per game. She finished the season as the 10th-best rebounder and 9th-best offensive rebounder in the RXIV Conference.

With Thurmon, Cormier and Mardis in the lineup, along with a good group of freshmen, KC made the conference title game for the second consecutive season, knocking off longtime power Trinity Valley along the way.

KC sports information director Chris Craddock contributed to this story.

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