Football season is just getting to its climax, and Kilgore College’s Rangers are ranked third in the nation. But basketball season is here, and the KC Lady Rangers are ready to roll tonight, right here at Masters Gymnasium.
Coach Addie Lees starts her second season as head coach of the Lady Rangers here Friday night, a 7 p.m. tip-off against the Killeen Force.
KC also plays Saturday at 1 p.m. here against Southwest Christian.
Lees’ ladies will have a tough act to follow; the 2018-19 season was pretty solid. The Lady Rangers went 22-9, 13-5 in the Region XIV Conference, and went 12-1 at home. They went on a nine-game winning streak at the end of the season that included a 91-88 overtime win over Panola College in the conference tournament. Tyler beat them in the second round, 84-60.
The 2019-20 Lady Rangers roster: McKenze Brown, a 5-8 freshman from Longview; Laraveun “Jazz” Randle, a 6-0 post player from Rowlett; Sarah Matthews, a 5-8 freshman from Atlanta, Ga.; Vianey Galvan, a 5-5 freshman point guard from League City; Tara Kessner, a 6-2 forward-post from Houston; Trynadee Greenwell, a 5-8 guard from Burnet; Ireneshia Johnson, a 6-0 forward back for her sophomore season; Annilia Dawn, a 5-5 point guard from Amarillo; Jada Hood; a 5-6 freshman from Roseville, Minn.; Kai Finister, a 6-2 freshman from Austin; Alba Garcia Camarena, a 5-8 guard from Barcelona, Spain; and Arielle Wilson, a 6-6 sophomore from Fayetteville, N.C.
The Rangers, coached by Brian Hoberecht, are opening Friday, as well, but they’re quite a ways away: playing in the Tip-Off Classic in Edmond, Okla., against Snow College, a 2 p.m. start for KC’s season opener. They’ll play Saturday again in the tournament against Odessa College.
The KC men will be home Tuesday night at Masters against Louisiana Christian, a 6 p.m. tip, and then will take a week off before hosting Hill College on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
KC got to the Region XIV tournament last year, played at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., beating Blinn, 69-68, in the first round, but losing to Navarro College in round two, 70-65.
This season, Hoberecht’s 12th at KC and his 27th overall as a coach, the Rangers open RXIV play at Angelina College in Lufkin on Nov. 23. Hoberecht would love to get his team back to the NJCAA national tournament, where he guided the Rangers back in the 2012-13 season. KC made it to the sweet 16 that year.
The Rangers this season: Montrell Horsey, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Edgewood, Md.; Cameron Gooden, a 5-11 sophomore guard from Frisco; Tysen Banks, a 5-11 guard from Memphis; Tyron McMillian, a 6-9 freshman forward from New Orleans; Brendon Hoberecht, a 5-10 freshman guard from Carl Junction, Mo. – and coach Hoberecht’s son; D’Rell Roberts, a 6-5 sophomore guard from Dallas; Assane Ndiaye, a 7-1 forward from Dakar-Senegal; Michael Thomas, a 6-4 guard from Lake Charles, La.; Jeremy Lefort; a 6-7 forward from Paris, France; Stephan Morris, a 6-9 forward from Houston; Justin Davis; a 6-3 sophomore guard from Jersey City, N.J.; Ademola Kolawole, a 6-3 guard from Houston; Rodrigue Andela, a 6-8 forward from Cameroon; and Michael Okoye, a 6-9 forward from Nigeria.