It’s an off-night for the Kilgore College Rangers, a much-earned one after picking up another Region XIV Conference win on Saturday – and remaining undefeated this season at home.
The Lady Rangers are home tonight, though, a 5:30 p.m. start against Blinn. KC’s ladies have won three straight games, and Blinn is directly above them in the conference standings. KC is 6-4 in conference play, Blinn, 7-3.
Blinn won the first meeting between the programs, 88-68, back on Dec. 7 in Brenham.
Coach Addie Lees’ Lady Rangers had a statement win last Saturday, beating Angelina College, 72-71, on AC’s 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.
As for the Rangers, they also won on Saturday, dealing Paris a 97-84 loss here at Masters Gym, KC’s second win in the last three games after being upended at Navarro last week.
Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers are 18-5 overall, 9-4 in conference play, and second in the standings to Tyler, a team they’ve already beaten. Tyler’s only conference loss – the Apaches’ only loss this season, period – is to the Rangers.
As mentioned, opponents have had no success here at Masters against the Rangers this year. Hoberecht’s Rangers are 13-0 on their home court. After tonight’s break, they’ll be back in action at Panola College in Carthage on Saturday at 4 p.m. – the Lady Rangers will face Panola right before that, a 2 p.m. start.
The Rangers beat Panola the first time this season, 87-73, on January 18 here at Masters.
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, a freshman from Atlanta, Ga., finished with 14 poitns and four rebounds; Jada Hood, also a freshman, from Roseville, Minn., 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 Frisco sophomore 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, Lake Charles, La.’s Michael Thomas had 16 points; Stephan Morris, a freshman from Houston, and D’Rell Roberts, a sophomore from Dallas, each had 10 – Roberts had five assists and three rebounds, and Morris had two rebounds and an assist; Montrell Horsey, a sophomore from Edgewood, Md., had seven points; Tyron McMillian, a freshman from New Orleans, had six, and seven rebounds; Justin Davis, a sophomore from Jersey City, N.J., had five; Jeremy Lefort, a sophomore from Paris, France, had three points and four rebounds; Cameroon native and sophomore Rodrigue Andela had two points, but nine rebounds and three blocked shots; and Assane Ndiaye of Senegal had two points, as well, and six rebounds.