Both Kilgore College basketball teams are home tonight – and it’s almost like we’ve skipped the beginning of the season and jumped right into the fire of the Region XIV Conference schedule.
The Lady Rangers, who got their first win of the season on Monday at home over Collin College, will play at home at Masters Gymnasium tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Panola, and coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers are on the road tonight at 7 p.m. at Lamar-Port Arthur.
The Rangers topped Panola College, 74-67.
After tonight, the Rangers will host Navarro at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the Lady Rangers will follow at home against Jacksonville at 3.
Kilgore College 56, Collin College 54 (women): The Lady Rangers, coached by Addie Lees, played good defense against Collin College to keep from going 0-4.
Lees’ ladies are just now starting their RXIV Conference schedule tonight – they’re 1-3 on the season, including three losses by a combined total of eight points, and all four games (they’re 1-3) by a combined 10 points.
Kilgore College went up by 10 points, 53-43, with almost seven and a half minutes left, but the Lady Rangers went scoreless for just about the remainder of the game. Collin College went on a roll, getting within one point, 53-52. Tamia Miller sank a basket with 24 seconds left to do just that.
But KC’s Jada Hood hit a pair of free throws, Rahmena Henderson managed to block a shot, and teammate Mckenze Brown grabbed the rebound at the buzzer, and KC picked up its first win of the year.
Hood scored 11 points to lead KC. Josephine Adegbite added 10 points and five rebounds. Henderson had eight points and six rebounds, Brown had six points and six rebounds.s Vianey Galvan scored six, Tara Green and Kerrighan Dunn each added four and Maya Scheital-Taylor had two.
KC 74, Panola College 67 (men): Da’Sean Nelson had 23 points for the Rangers in this victory over Panola, the Rangers’ third of the season. It was the Ponies’ first loss of the season.
KC took it from a 28-all tie to a 44-30 Rangers’ lead. Still, Panola stayed in it: Josh Miller hit a three-pointer with right at eight minutes remaining, but a dunk by Nelson allowed the Rangers to re-claim momentum and stay up by eight points.
Panola, though, used a pair of long three-pointers to get within three with 22 seconds left in the game. K.J. Jenkins and Dantwan Grimes iced the game at the free throw line, 4-for-4 for those two in the game’s final moments.
Jenkins chipped in 12 points. Grimes and Javonne Lowrey each scored nine. Paul Otieno had seven, Stephan Morris added five, Dylan Cabs had four, Godwin Illumoka had three and Duane Posey scored two.