The Kilgore College Lady Rangers are now 4-0, the Rangers are also 4-0, and there’s more news involving the men’s basketball team, as well.

The Rangers, coached by Brian Hoberecht, are now ranked fifth in the nation in the latest NJCAA men’s poll released this week. The Lady Rangers are home today at 2 p.m. against the 903 Elite (more on that below).

KC men: KC is the only Region XIV (Texas) Conference team ranked in the top 10. Salt Lake Community College (Utah) is ranked number one, followed by South Plains (Levelland, Texas), John A. Logan College (Illinois), then Chipola (Florida) College, and then KC.

Ranked sixth through 10 are Northwest Florida State College, Shelton State (Alabama) College, New Mexico Junior College, Butler (Kansas) Community College and Harcum College (Pennsylvania).

KC conference rivals that are ranked are Navarro (at 14) and Lee College (at 23).

Hoberecht’s Rangers (4-0) are off this weekend. They’ll play at Grayson Community College in Denison on Tuesday night, and then open conference play at home against Angelina College next Friday, Nov. 19.

KC women: Now to the Lady Rangers.

Coach Addie Lees’ team is still perfect early in the season after a hard-fought and tight 67-66 win at home over Hill College on Tuesday night, then a just-as tight 63-62 win over Murray State on Thursday.

The number that stood out the most, other than the one-point score over Hill College, was the points off turnovers so far in favor of KC. The Lady Rangers scored 27 points off 29 Hill turnovers, just a massive amount of points off turnovers, compared to just eight points for Hill off 14 turnovers by the Lady Rangers.

KC got 21 points from Jada Hood, who also had a blocked shot, two rebounds and an assist. Kerrighan Dunn had 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists. Vianey Galvan had 12 points and four assists, and McKenze Brown had eight points, two steals and six rebounds.

Also for KC, Tara Kessner had five points, seven rebounds and three steals; Tara Green had three points; D’Asia Thomas had two points and seven rebounds; and Maya Sheitel-Taylor (crowned homecoming queen Saturday) and Aailyah Hill each had one point.

Brandalyn Rice led Hill with 14 points, and Laylah Davis added 10.

The Lady Rangers shot 42 percent from the floor, and went 15-of-21 from the free throw line.

In the win over Murray State on Thursday, Galvan was the only one in double figures, but she was impressive: 29 points, and a 10-of-11 performance at the free throw line in just over 34 minutes played. Hood added nine points, two assists and two rebounds; Brown had eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists; Green had seven points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot; and Dunn had six points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

The original game scheduled for today had been against Dallas College-Richmond, but that game had been canceled and replaced with a game against the 903 Elite, a club team. It will tip off at 2 p.m. here at Masters Gym.

After that, the Lady Rangers will be off until next Friday, when they go to Plano to play in the Collin College Classic tournament.

See complete schedules for both KC teams at the college’s website, kilgore.edu – just click the Ranger Athletics option at the top of the page, and follow the links.

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