The Kilgore College Lady Rangers have been one of the best teams in the women’s division of the Region XIV Conference so far this season.
But the last two games haven’t been kind to KC, especially the proximity of playing two teams ranked in the nation’s top 10 in two days.
The Lady Rangers lost at No. 7 Tyler Junior College on Saturday, 74-67, then lost at home to No. 4 Trinity Valley, 76-69, here at Masters Gymnasium Monday night.
KC, coached by Addie Lees, had been ranked at 21 in the last poll, but fell out this week. The Lady Rangers are 11-4 overall, 2-2 in conference play, and in action again tonight, believe it or not. They’re home against undefeated Blinn (15-0), a 5:30 p.m. start. It’ll be the third straight game KC has faced a nationally-ranked program: Blinn was number 17 in the poll released Monday.
The Rangers will follow at home tonight, taking on Trinity Valley at 7:30, or right after the women’s game.
The men’s game – KC at Angelina College on Saturday – was moved to Monday, Jan. 24, so coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers were off over the weekend. The Rangers are 16-0 on the season, 6-0 in conference play, and still ranked number two in the nation with the release of the NJCAA’s national top 25 poll on Monday.
Salt Lake (Utah) was still in place at number one, followed by KC, John A. Logan College, and Northwest Florida, all the same four as the previous week. Hutchinson (Kan.), the site of the men’s national tournament each year, rose from seventh in the last poll to fifth this week.
Tyler Junior College 74, Kilgore College 67 (women): Kerrighan Dunn led KC with 20 points and six rebounds. Mckenze Brown chipped in 16 points and had four steals. Rahmena Henderson had 13 points, six rebounds and four steals. De’Asia Thomas had nine points. Jada Hood had four. Maya Sheitel-Taylor had three, and Alexis Calderon had two, a big bucket that got KC within three points with a minute and a half to play.
The Lady Rangers gave up a bucket to Tyler’s Deborah Ogayemi, and the Rangers had a couple of last-minute shots, but couldn’t knock them down.
Ogayemi led TJC with 22 points and also had 14 rebounds.
Trinity Valley 76, Kilgore College 69 (women): On Monday, the Lady Rangers had to turn right around after facing number seven TJC and play fourth-ranked TVCC.
The Lady Rangers were gifted 26 turnovers by Trinity Valley, and did get 28 points off them, but couldn’t overcome a poor start: TVCC jumped out to a 23-11 lead.
Neither team was spectacular at the free throw line. TVCC went 21-of-35 from the free stripe, and KC went 19-of-34.
The Lady Rangers only hit six shots in the first half (6-of-34), and went 21-of-76 in the game. They did hit eight three-pointers.
For KC, Dunn had 17 points, four rebounds, a block, a steal and two assists. Henderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Hood had nine points and four rebounds, and Brown had seven points and nine rebounds. Calderon had eight points, a block, a steal and two rebounds.