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Ladies whip Paris; Rangers lose at Lee

Men home today at 4

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Paris was put on blast from the get-go Wednesday night at Masters Gym by Kilgore College’s Lady Rangers, but the Rangers have now lost a couple of conference games in a row.

The Lady Rangers blew by Paris, 81-44 Wednesday, the team’s first home game since before the holidays. On the road at Lee College, though, the Rangers stumbled, 69-64, suffering back-to-back Region XIV Conference losses.

Both KC teams are in action today. The Rangers (12-4 on the year, 3-2 in conference) will host Blinn – led by former longtime KC coach Scott Schumacher. That’s a 4 p.m. start here at Masters. The Lady Rangers (12-5 overall, 2-2 in conference) will visit 14-0 conference leader Trinity Valley in Athens, and that’s a 2 p.m. start.

Next week, the Lady Rangers host Coastal Bend on Wednesday at 5:30, and the Rangers will follow, hosting Trinity Valley at 7:30 that night.

KC 81, Paris 44 (women): KC jumped out to a 22-10 lead and never trailed in this one, leaving first-year head coach Addie Lees with very little complaints.

The Lady Rangers didn’t shoot well from three-point range (4-of-21 in the game) but that was about all they did wrong, as they made the most off Paris turnovers (18 points), scored 40 of their final 81 points down low, got 16 points from their bench and went 11-of-13 from the free throw line.

Ta’Shawnna Riggs led the way with 19 points, and then a couple of players – Sarah Mgbeike and Ireneshia Johnson – got double-doubles. Mgbeike had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Johnson had 10 points and 13 rebounds, as well as two blocked shots.

Also for KC, Emely Rosario had 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists; Alex Stawhorn and Patience Idoko each had six points; and Idoko had 10 rebounds. Strawhorn had six.

Lee 69, KC 64 (men): KC’s nine-game winning streak seems like forever ago now, as the Rangers have slipped twice, both in conference.

But there’s good news. Starting with Blinn today, KC has three of its next four at home, visits Tyler on Jan. 26, then gets current conference-leading Navarro at home Jan. 30.

At Lee, the Rangers had problems in the first half, falling behind by 17, and never really recovered. Lee’s Raquan Wilkins was at the line 10 times and hit eight of them. He finished with 19 points. Jason Draggs had 17 points off the bench, and 12 rebounds.

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