A trip to Louisiana worked out well for one Kilgore College basketball team — but not for the other.

The Lady Rangers beat Bossier Parish Wednesday night, 79-51, getting an important Region XIV Conference win. The Rangers, though, dropped the game on the road, a tight 71-68 decision, ahead of a big game this weekend against Tyler.

Both KC teams are back in action Saturday, and both at home here at Masters Gymasium. The Rangers do have Tyler, the first meeting of the two rivals this season, and the Apaches are ultra-dangerous. They’re 16-0 overall, 9-0 in Region XIV, and ranked fourth in the nation. KC was ranked in the most recent poll, too, at 20{sup}th{/sup}.

That game tips off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Masters Gymnasium. The Lady Rangers hit the court against Jacksonville College at 2 p.m.

Bossier 71, KC 68 (men): Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers have had a good season, but BP has, as well — they’re second in the standings behind Tyler, and KC gave them all they wanted for two hours Wednesday night.

With just over a minute left, the teams were tied at 64, and Bossier grabbed the lead with about 50 seconds left, 67-66. The Rangers had chances, but Bossier held on.

Rodrigue Andela had 18 points, 12 rebounds and blocked four shots for KC (16-4 overall, 7-3 in conference play). Michael Thomas had 16 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block. D’Rell Roberts had 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds, and Cameron Gooden had 10 points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Tyson McMillian had five points and four rebounds; Jeremy Lefort had four points and two rebounds; and Justin Davis had two points. Tysen Banks didn’t score, but had three assists and a steal.

Bossier scored 21 points off 23 Rangers’ turnovers.

Bossier was led by E.J. Clark, who had 15 points, and by Paul King, who had 14.

KC faces Tyler Saturday having lost two of their last three. Tyler has won them all, as mentioned, and comes in having blasted Paris Wednesday night, 89-65.

KC 79, Bossier 51 (women): The Lady Rangers also made the most off of turnovers, scoring 21 on BP’s 23 turnovers. KC had a fairly good night, although there was one atrocious number: they were 11-of-24 from the free throw line.

Still, KC is now 2-2 in its last four. They’re 15-5 overall, and 4-4 in conference play. Saturday’s opponent, Jacksonville college, is just 4-14 on the season, but they’re 3-5 in conference.

Sarah Matthews had 21 for KC, along with three steals and three rebounds. Jada Hood had 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Alba Garcia Camarena had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Arielle Wilson had nine points, four rebounds and a nice night of blocked shots: five of them.

Annillia Dawn had eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals; McKenze Brown and Tara Kessner each had four points and four rebounds; and Kai Finister and Trynadee Greenwell each had two points, and two rebounds.

Alexandria Pollard had 13 and Autumn Goram had 10 for Bossier, who’s lost five straight games and won only one conference game (1-7).

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