It would not be hyperbole – exaggeration – to say the Kilgore College Rangers probably saved their season Saturday afternoon in Carthage.
Coach Brian Hoberecht and his team dealt Panola College a 64-62 loss in Region XIV Conference play on Saturday, just Panola’s second loss of the conference schedule. It stunned the Ponies, but it lifted the Rangers, who had lost four straight – all conference games – but have two of the next three at home, and evened their conference record (4-4).
KC (13-6 overall, 4-4 in RXIV) will host Bossier Parish tonight here at Masters Gym (it’ll be a doubleheader, with the women’s game at 5:30 and the men to follow). They visit Tyler Junior College on Saturday at 4, then come back home next Wednesday, Jan. 30, to host Navarro. Navarro leads the conference standings and Bossier and TJC are also both above KC.
The Lady Rangers lost a tough one at Tyler on Saturday, 90-73, and are now 11-7 overall and 3-4 in conference. They also will be home against BP tonight, then visit Jacksonville Saturday at 2.
KC 64, Panola 62 (men): KC took the lead for good midway through the second half, but things tightened up with about a minute and a half left, as Joel Vaiangina hit a three-point shot for Panola that tied the game at 62.
Rodrigue Tha Andela put KC back up with a two-pointer with 47 seconds left, and Panola had one last gasp: Lenell Henry missed a shot from about 15 feet out, and KC pulled down the rebound as time expired.
Demiere Brown led KC with 19 points, and also had eight rebounds and two assists. Tha Andela had 13 points to go with six rebounds.
Darrian Grays had 10 points off the bench, with two assists, and Jordyn Owens had seven points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Jairus Stevens had five points, seven rebounds and two assists; Assane Ndiaye and Malachi Davidson each had four points (Ndiaye had two blocked shots); and Kevin Buckley had two points, four rebounds and four steals.
KC shot well from the floor (26-of-45) but overcame a poor free throw shooting performance (8-of-16).
Tylan Dean had 11 points, as did Tariq Simmons, for Panola. Jeffrey Boyd had 10, and Henry added nine.
TJC 90, KC 73 (women): KC got 23 from New Yorker Emely Rosario, who had a masterful performance in defeat: eight rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals.
Ta Shawnna Riggs added 11 for KC, and Carah Burdette and Ireneshia Johnson each had seven – Johnson had three rebounds and two steals; Burdette had five rebounds, four assists and a block.
Sarah Mgbeike and Patience Idoko each had six points; Mgbeike had nine rebounds; and Alex Strawhorn and Alexis Popham each had five points. Popham had eight rebounds, Strawhorn, four.
Felmas Koranga of Tyler easily led all scorers. She had 27 points, 10 rebounds; an assist, a steal and three blocked shots.
Quatera Limbrick had 14 for the Lady Apaches, and Kennedy Burks and Te’Aire Hambrick each had 13.