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Rangers win sixth straight; Lady Rangers drop RXIV opener

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The near month-long holiday break is fast approaching for Kilgore College’s basketball teams, as both hope to wind up the 2018 portion of the season on a good note.

The Rangers are on a six-game winning streak, but the Lady Rangers got cooled off, unfortunately, as coach Addie Lees’ team had won seven of their last eight before running into a tough Angelina College team on Saturday in Lufkin. KC lost their Region XIV Conference opener, 76-55, but have got a pair of chances to redeem themselves before the break.

The Lady Rangers (7-3) will host Blinn today, here at Masters Gymnasium, at 5:30 p.m., and then wind up 2018 with a trip to Carthage to face Panola College on Saturday, a 2 p.m. tip-off.

That’ll be it until January 1, when they’ll play a non-conference, out-of-state game against Hinds (Miss.) Community College at Bossier City, La.

Emely Rosario provided KC’s main offense in the loss to Angelina. Rosario had 21 points. She also had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a blocked shot.

Patience Idoko was the only other player in double figures for KC. She had 10, and also had 10 rebounds, an assist, and two steals. Idoko fouled out of the game, however.

Also for KC, Ireneshia Johnson had eight points and nine rebounds; Sarah Mgbeike had five points and four rebounds; and Ta’Shawnna Riggs had four points.

The long ball was a problem for KC in the game, a pretty rough 4-of-30 night.

Angelina, which remains undefeated, got 29 points, an almost-unreal eight blocked shots and 11 rebounds from Natasha Mack. Britney Thompson scored 13, and Mia Perkins had 10, with 16 rebounds. Angelina was credited with 58 rebounds in the game, KC 52.

Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers beat Coastal Bend in Beeville, 57-48, on Saturday, and are now 9-2 on the year. They’ve only got one game left, though, before the holiday break, and it’s tonight, here at Masters Gym against Jacksonville College at 7:30 p.m. After that, the Rangers are off until Dec. 29, a home game against non-conference Houston Community College.

KC got 12 points from Demiere Brown and 10 from Rodrigue Tha Andela; Brown also had nine rebounds, and Andela had seven, to go with two blocks.

Kevin Buckley finished with nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Assane Ndiaye had eight points, five rebounds and four blocks. Kaleb Favors had seven points and three assists and three steals.

CBC was led by Elijah Moleon’s 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Royce Hunter, who had 11 points.

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