Both Kilgore College basketball teams are looking about as strong as they possibly can as they get set to embark on their Region XIV Conference schedules.

KC’s Lady Rangers are 6-0, and knocked off the Salt Lake Community College, the 19{sup}th{/sup}-ranked team in the nation, on Thursday in a tournament in Midland, and the Rangers won at Grayson College in Sherman, 80-70, on Thursday, their sixth straight win.

Both are in action today. Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers lost their season opener, but have won every game since, and open the conference schedule at Angelina College today in Lufkin. That’s a 4 p.m. tipoff. The Rangers are off until next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and they’ll host Grayson in a rematch here at Masters Gym that day at 6.

Stats from the KC-Grayson game weren’t immediately available at press time, but the Rangers are averaging 82 points, 33 rebounds and about 18 assists per game. They’re hitting 40 percent of their three pointers so far, and 67 percent of their free throws.

KC has four players averaging in double figures: Rodrigue Andela and Cameron Gooden, each averaging a little more than 14 points a game; Michael Thomas, averaging right at 13 a game; and D’Rell Roberts, averaging 10 a game. Andela is averaging 9.8 rebounds a game, meaning he’s almost averaging a double-double.

The Lady Rangers are 6-0 and still competing in the Midland College tournament, the Midland NIT, this weekend, but game times and opponents are determined by results of the brackets, obviously. Friday night, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald, they were to face the home team (Midland).

The KC ladies will also be off until the day after Thanksgiving, in action next Friday in a tournament at Collin College in Plano. KC plays Seminole State that day at 1 p.m., and then plays Collin College next Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1.

The Lady Rangers are back home Dec. 4 against Angelina, and that’s also their conference opener.

In the upset of Salt Lake, Annilia Dawn came up huge for the Lady Rangers, with 25 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. She was 11-of-15 from the free-throw line. Teammate Ireneshia Johnson had 7 points, seven rebounds, and a pair of blocked shots. Alba Garcia Carmarena also hit double figures with 10 points and had nine rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal.

Also for KC, Jada Hood had six points; Tara Kessner and McKenze Brown each had five points; Brown had 10 rebounds. Sarah Matthews and Arielle Wilson each had four points and Trynadee Greenwell had three.

Awa Sidibe had 19 points to lead Salt Lake.

In their six games, all wins, KC is averaging 90 points, an eye-opening 51 rebounds, and 17 assists per game. They’re knocking down 72 percent of their free throws and shooting 41 percent from the floor. And they still haven’t played a home game.

Matthews is averaging 17 points a game; Johnson, 16 a game; and Dawn and Hood 15 points a game, each.

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