Sometimes, you just need to go back to bed.
Both Kilgore College basketball teams lost their Region XIV Conference doubleheader games last Saturday in Carthage to Panola College. The Lady Rangers lost their second straight, 68-54. The Rangers’ recent road woes then continued, as they dropped an 89-74 decision to the Ponies.
KC’s Lady Rangers are now 17-7 overall and 6-6 in conference play. They’re home tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Paris.
Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers fall to 9-5 in the conference standings and 18-6 overall – they had been as high as second in the conference men’s East Zone standings, but they’ve slipped, and now Navarro and Panola – who have dealt the Rangers their last two losses – are second and third, respectively, behind league-leading Tyler.
The Rangers are also home tonight after the women’s game with Paris, playing Trinity Valley.
On Saturday, the ladies head to conference-leading Trinity Valley for a 2 p.m. tip-off, and the men will host Bossier Parish here at Masters at 4 p.m. That’ll be an uphill battle for Bossier; KC’s men are 13-0 at home this year.
Panola 68, KC 54 (women): The Lady Rangers got a combined 34 points from Jada Hood and Ireneshia Johnson, but Panola just built a good-sized second-half lead that KC couldn’t climb.
Johnson had 20 points and Hood, 14, to lead the Lady Rangers, but it wasn’t near enough – teammates Sarah Matthews and Alba Garcia Camarena were the closest players to double figures. Matthews had seven, Camarena, five.
Daryna Bacharova had 23 points and Barbara Zieniewska had 12.
The teams split the series. KC beat Panola, 69-64, here at Masters Gym back on Dec. 11, before the holiday break.
Panola 89, KC 74 (men): What had been a close game, for the most part, in the first half turned into a pull-away with just over five minutes left. The Rangers got Panola’s lead down to single digits, but the Ponies were just on their game on Saturday, and KC couldn’t get back in front in half two.
Cameron Gooden finished with 20 to lead KC, and Rodrigue Andela had 14. Michael Thomas had 11, Stephan Morris, nine, and Tyron McMillian had eight.
Jermaine Drewey had 20 and Kelyn Pennie had 18 for Panola.