Any win in the Region XIV Conference is a good win, and both Kilgore College basketball teams were able to do just that on Saturday: one at home, and one in a hostile environment.
Kilgore College’s Lady Rangers won their third straight conference game on Saturday and got a little revenge in the process, beating Angelina, 72-71, on their home court in Lufkin, returning the favor from the ultra-tight overtime game between the two rivals in the conference opener a couple of months ago.
About two and a half hours later, the Rangers dealt Paris a 97-84 loss here at Masters Gym, KC’s second win in the last three games after being upended at Navarro earlier last week.
The immediate future has coach Addie Lees’ Lady Rangers at home Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against Blinn. The Lady Rangers are 17-5 overall this season, have won three of their last four, and are 6-4 in conference play. After Blinn, they’ll be the first half of a doubleheader next Saturday at Panola, a 2 p.m. tip-off, with the men’s game to follow at 4.
Next Saturday’s contest at Panola is actually the next game for the Rangers (18-5; 9-4 in conference); they’re off on Wednesday.
KC 72, Angelina 71 (women): In an ending eerily similar to the game won by Angelina in the conference opener between these two teams on Dec. 4, this time it was a KC player – namely Sarah Matthews – at the free throw line at the end of the game, hitting both of her free throws, the difference in the game.
Matthews finished with 14 poitns and four rebounds; Jada Hood led KC with 25 points.
Lovietta Walker led Angelina with 21 points.
The two games between KC and Angelina this season have resulted in a difference of a total of three points: Angelina won the first time, 82-80, in double overtime, and then KC’s one-point win on Saturday.
KC 97, Paris 84 (men): This one was close, just not as close as the Rangers have been playing their opponents as of late.
Paris came back on a Rangers’ double-digit halftime lead to make things a little nerve-wracking, but the Rangers pulled away in the end, getting 35 points from Cameron Gooden in the winning effort.
Lamar Everd of Paris was equally impressive in defeat, finishing with 34.
As for the rest of the Rangers, Michael Thomas had 16 points; Stephan Morris and D’Rell Roberts each had 10 – Roberts had five assists and three rebounds, and Morris had two rebounds and an assist; Montrell Horsey had seven points; Tyron McMillian had six, and seven rebounds; Justin Davis had five; Jeremy Lefort had three points and four rebounds; Rodrigue Andela had two points, but nine rebounds and three blocked shots; and Assane Ndiaye had two points, as well, and six rebounds.