It wasn’t a red-letter day – or a blue-letter day, either, for that matter – on Saturday in Carthage for the Kilgore College basketball programs.
Both teams lost their Region XIV Conference doubleheader games there to Panola College. The Lady Rangers lost their second straight date, a 68-54 loss to PC. The Rangers’ recent road woes then continued, as they dropped an 89-74 decision in the second half of the twinbill.
KC’s Lady Rangers are now 17-7 overall and 6-6 in conference play, but because Coastal Bend and Bossier Parish have each only won one game, the Lady Rangers are guaranteed to be one of the eight women’s teams to make the RXIV tournament.
The Lady Rangers, coached by Addie Lees, will be home Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. against Paris.
Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers fall to 9-5 in the conference standings and 18-6 overall – they had been as high as second in the conference men’s East Zone standings, but they’ve slipped, and now Navarro and Panola – who have dealt the Rangers their last two losses – are second and third, respectively, behind league-leading Tyler.
The Rangers will also be home Wednesday night, the second half of a doubleheader, playing Trinity Valley. That will follow the KC-Paris women’s game.
Panola 68, KC 54 (women): The Lady Rangers got a combined 34 points from Jada Hood and Ireneshia Johnson, but Panola just built a good-sized second-half lead that KC couldn’t climb.
Johnson had 20 points and Hood, 14, to lead the Lady Rangers, but it wasn’t near enough – teammates Sarah Matthews and Alba Garcia Camarena were the closest players to double figures. Matthews had seven, Camarena, five.
Daryna Bacharova had 23 points and Barbara Zieniewska had 12.
The teams split the series. KC beat Panola, 69-64, here at Masters Gym back on Dec. 11, before the holiday break.
Panola 89, KC 74 (men): What had been a close game, for the most part, in the first half turned into a pull-away with just over five minutes left. The Rangers got Panola’s lead down to single digits, but the Ponies were just on their game on Saturday, and KC couldn’t get back in front in half two.
Cameron Gooden finished with 20 to lead KC, and Rodrigue Andela had 14. Michael Thomas had 11, Stephan Morris, nine, and Tyron McMillian had eight.
Jermaine Drewey had 20 and Kelyn Pennie had 18 for Panola.