The Kilgore College Lady Rangers suffered a setback in their pursuit of one of the top seeds in the Region XIV Conference tournament on Wednesday.

The Lady Rangers dropped an 80-68 decision at home at Masters Gym to Blinn on Wednesday, sinking KC to 6-5 in conference play, with a trip to Carthage to play Panola College coming up on Saturday. The loss halted a three-game winning streak, and also allowed Panola to slip in front of KC in the standings.

Trinity Valley is leading, and once again strong, at 11-0. Tyler is all alone in second place (9-2), and Blinn is 8-3. Panola is in fourth at 7-4, followed by KC, then a drop-off – Angelina and Paris are each 4-7.

The bottom two teams right now is no mystery: Coastal Bend is 2-20 overall and just 1-9 in conference play, and Bossier Parish is 3-19, and 1-10 in conference.

Right now, it might be better for the Lady Rangers if they did play on the road. In true road games this season, they’re 8-1, and they’re 4-1 in neutral-site games – 12-2 on the season away from Masters. KC is 5-4 at home.

In the loss to Blinn, Jada Hood and Ireneshia Johnson were the bulk of KC’s offense. Johnson had 27 points, 13 rebounds and two assists, and Hood had 26 points, four rebounds and six assists.

Sarah Matthews (six), Tara Kessner (four), Trynadee Greenwell (three) and Alba Garcia Camarena (two) were the only other Lady Rangers to score – KC had just three points from its bench (Blinn had 27).

Kristine Ezimako had 21 to lead Blinn. Gabriella Bosquez had 18, and Hailey Atwood had 17.

The KC men were off Wednesday night, and both teams do play at Panola on Saturday: the women’s game is slated for a 2 p.m. tip-off, with the men to follow. Then on Wednesday, the Lady Rangers host Paris at 5:30 p.m., and the men host Trinity Valley right after, around 7.

For the record, the Rangers are the opposite of the ladies: KC’s men are undefeated at home. They’re 13-0 at home, and 18-5 overall, going in to Saturday’s game at Panola. It’s a big one. KC has a quality win from a couple of weeks ago, an upset of then-undefeated Tyler here at Masters.

Tyler is 20-1 overall, and 12-1 in conference, meaning, obviously, that KC is the only team to beat the Apaches all season. Navarro, with a nailbiting win over KC last week, is in second place in the conference’s East Zone with a 9-4 record in RXIV play. KC is 9-4, too, but in effect is in third, because of the head-to-head loss to Navarro.

Panola (8-5) is a game back of KC, alongside Trinity Valley. Bossier is at 7-6, and then Paris is at the bottom, at 3-10.

Angelina College leads the other men’s division, the South Zone, with a 10-2 mark. After that, there’s a big drop-off. Blinn and Lamar State are both 6-7. Jacksonville College and Lee College are both 5-8, and Coastal Bend at 2-10. Newcomer Victoria College, in their first year playing a Region XIV schedule, is 0-13, and 0-18 overall.

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