Next week, the holiday “exile” ends for the Kilgore College basketball teams.
And then it’s time to get down to business.
Both teams have been on break already a couple of weeks, and they’ll both jump back into action with some non-conference warm-ups before getting into the meat of the Region XIV Conference schedule.
Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers are back first. The Rangers, who are 10-2 on the season, are actually home this Sunday evening, Dec. 29, against Houston Community College. The Rangers finished up prior to the holiday break with a key 69-55 win at Jacksonville College and are 2-1 in conference play.
After Sunday’s date against HCC, they’ll be off until next Friday, Jan. 3, when they’ll host Victoria, another non-conference opponent. And then it’s time to get back into conference gear, a trip to Port Arthur to take on Lamar-Port Arthur on Monday, Jan. 6.
In 12 games so far, the Rangers are averaging 80 points, 35 rebounds and 15 assists per game, and hitting 52 percent of their shots.
Cameron Gooden has averaged 14 points a game; Michael Thomas has averaged 13, and D’Rell Roberts, 12. Rodrigue Andela has also averaged 12 a game, and nine rebounds per game.
Coach Addie Lees looks to finish her second year as coach of the Lady Rangers in a strong fashion, and her team has also won 10 games so far: they’re 10-3.
They did get off to a 1-2 Region Conference start before the break, though, the key there an 81-80 double overtime loss to Angelina here at Masters Gym.
KC’s ladies finished the first half of the season with a home win over Panola (69-64), and are back in action next Wednesday, New Year’s Day, in a mini-tournament at Bossier Parish, starting with LSU-E at 11 a.m. that day.
They face Copiah-Lincoln next Thursday, a 3 p.m. tip-off.
The Lady Rangers get back to conference play Jan. 8 at Paris, and then are home for a big one, against Trinity Valley, on Saturday, Jan. 11.
KC is averaging 78 points, 42 rebounds and 14 assists per game. They’re hitting 37 percent of their shots through the 13 games.
Ireneshia Johnson is making a statement in her sophomore season, netting 17 points a game. Annilia Dawn is averaging out at right at 15 points a game for KC. Sarah Matthews is averaging 13 a game, and Jada Hood, 12.