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SOCCER
Lady ‘Dogs lose twice; 'Dogs open season Thursday
After opening their season late last week in the Spring Hill Invitational, Kilgore High School’s girls soccer team lost a pair of games on Friday to Texas High (2-0) and to Jacksonville (1-0).
Coach Heidi Hagan-McPeak’s Lady Bulldogs are 2-2 on the season, and were to be on the road on Tuesday, playing at Paris in a game that finished after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald. KHS competes in a tournament in Forney this weekend, starting on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with the home team, Forney.
Kilgore won’t have to worry about district play until Jan. 27 (Waskom, here).
The Kilgore boys soccer team beat Nac in a scrimmage last week, as reported here in the News Herald, and officially open the season on Thursday in a tournament in Longview, taking on John Tyler at noon. Kilgore faces Forney on Friday at 7, and Lufkin on Saturday at 2, all in Longview as a part of the tournament.
The Bulldogs, coached by Austin Walker, will host Tyler Lee next Tuesday night, their first official home game of the season. They also host Waskom on Jan. 27 to open district.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
KC teams lose road contests; home tonight vs. Bossier
The road was unkind to both Kilgore College basketball teams in recent days: the Lady Rangers lost for just the third time this season, this time at Tyler Junior College, 92-67, and the Rangers lost at San Jacinto, 89-74.
Both KC squads are home tonight, though, hosting the teams from Bossier Parish Community College. The ladies’ game will tip off at 5:30, with the men to follow, likely around 7:30.
TJC 92, KC 67 (women): After a blistering hot start, the Lady Rangers have cooled off, having lost both games since they returned from the holidays. They’re 11-3 overall, and 3-2 in Region XIV Conference play, but TJC and Blinn have both slipped in front of KC in the standings, along with Trinity Valley. KC is tied with Panola and Angelina for third.
Against Tyler, KC had a difficult time, shooting just 34 percent (25-of-73) and hitting only half their free throws (13-of-26).
Danielle Meader led KC with 18 points. Jade Thurmon had 17 points, and Lyrik Williams had 16. Unfortunately, only two other Lady Rangers – Da’Jah Thompson and Richelle Velez – scored at least four points. Velez had eight, Thompson four. TJC was led by Nautica Grant, who had 33.
San Jac 89, KC 74 (men): KC slipped to 1-4 in conference play with this road defeat, and will need to win on the road to get back in the race – the Rangers’ next two games are away from home (at Lamar-Port Arthur on Saturday and at TJC on Jan. 18).
The Rangers (10-4 on the season) ran into a buzzsaw in Houston: San Jac is 15-0. Ndene Gueye had his best single-game point total of the year for KC in defeat, netting 26 points.

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