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BASEBALL

KHS opens Tuesday

Kilgore High School’s baseball team begins its 2018 season on Tuesday at Liberty-Eylau. The junior varsity Red team will play at 4 p.m.; varsity will follow at 6.

The Diamond ‘Dogs, which won the District 15-4A title last season and set a single-season school record for wins, will play in a tournament in Harmony on Thursday. Their first game will be at 11:05 a.m. against Elysian Fields, and then against All-Saints at 5. 

Kilgore is coached by Eugene Lafitte, in his first season as head coach.


BASKETBALL

Lady Rangers escape TJC; Rangers don’t

After routing Tyler Junior College by more than 40 points here in Kilgore earlier this season, Kilgore College’s Lady Rangers knew they’d get the best effort TJC could give in the rematch in Tyler on Wednesday.

But they escaped anyway.

KC got out of Wagstaff Gymnasium with a 78-72 win. KC is now 15-9 overall, and 9-6 in Region XIV Conference play. The win leaves KC in fifth place in the standings, behind co-leaders Trinity Valley and Jacksonville. Panola is second (12-3) and Angelina, third. The top eight women’s teams make the conference tournament at the end of the regular season.

KC has just five regular season games left, including today’s home game against Bossier Parish at 2 p.m. (the men’s game follows at 4). The regular season ends March 3 at home against Trinity Valley.

Jade Thurmon, one of the leading women’s scorers in the conference, rallied the Lady Rangers from down 12 into the lead, and ultimately, the win. She finished with 34 points, and hit 12 of her 15 free throws. She also had nine rebounds. 

Tyra Cormier had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Danielle Meador had nine points and eight rebounds. Alex Strawhorn had seven points for KC.

TJC’s men beat the Rangers, though, 72-62; it’s KC’s fourth loss in the last five games. The Rangers (13-10 this season) are 5-9 in conference play with five games left, as well.

The game was close until the final four and a half minutes, when the Apaches outscored KC, 12-1.

Demiere Brown had 16 for the Rangers. Chad Bowie had 15. Malachi Davidson added nine and Daytone Jennings scored six.


SOFTBALL

KC tourney canceled

The Ranger Shootout, a mini-tournament to be played here this weekend, is off due to the rain the area has gotten recently. KC is 2-6 this season. The Rangers will play a doubleheader Wednesday at Grayson County College, starting at 1 p.m., and will host Iowa Western Friday at 1. KC plays home games at the Ballpark at KC Commons on Houston Street.

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