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Mitch Lucas: JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL | KC gets two key wins

Kilgore News Herald, Texas — Mitch Lucas Kilgore News Herald, Texas

Feb. 13-- Feb. 13--One might say it was a profitable night at Masters Gymnasium for the Kilgore College basketball programs on Wednesday night.

One might say it. One would be right.

Both Kilgore College teams won their respective Region XIV Conference games at home on Wednesday, coach Brian Hoberecht's Rangers running their record to 14-0 at Masters. The Lady Rangers beat Paris, 76-63, and then the Rangers won that aforementioned 14th home game, outlasting Trinity Valley, 74-70.

It was a key win for both, who were coming off road losses at Panola on Saturday.

It was especially a big win for the Lady Rangers, who have the unenviable task of visiting top-of-the conference Trinity Valley on Saturday, a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Rangers will be home on Saturday, hosting Bossier Parish at 4.

KC 76, Paris 63 (women): Four Lady Rangers wound up in double figures in scoring against Paris: Ireneshia Johnson netted 17 points, 11 rebounds, and two steals. Jada Hood had 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Sarah Matthews had 12 points and six rebounds, and Annillia Dawn had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.

Kilgore went 13-of-15 from the free throw line in the second half to help pull away, and shot almost 50 percent from three-point range.

McKenze Brown added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals for KC. Alba Garcia Camarena and Trynadee Greenwell each had five points; Garcia Camarena had four rebounds; Tara Kessner had three points, five rebounds, and four assists; and Arielle Wilson didn't score, but had three rebounds, an assist, two steals and blocked two shots.

KC never trailed in the game, but did have to withstand a late Paris comeback; the Lady Dragons got within two with about 4 1/2 minutes left. KC then blew the game open with an 11-0 scoring spurt.

For Paris, Nikyla Green had 15; Tahilia Sloan Casey had 11; and Ariel Warren, Alaeh Pressley and Skye Watts each had 10. Sloan Casey had 11 rebounds.

Here's how the women's conference standings break down: Trinity Valley leads with a 13-0 record in conference (they're 24-1 overall, and have won 10 straight). Tyler is second at 10-3 in conference. Blinn College is third (9-4) and Panola is fourth (8-5). KC is fifth (7-6, with an 18-7 overall record), Angelina College is sixth (6-7), Paris is seventh (5-8) and Jacksonville, eighth (4-8).

Bossier Parish (1-11) and Coastal Bend (1-12) are simply playing out the string at this point.

Counting the game at Athens on Saturday against TVCC, coach Addie Lees' Lady Rangers have five games remaining in the regular season, and three of them are on the road -- the two home games are against Coastal Bend (next Wednesday, Feb. 19) and Bossier (Feb. 26).

KC 74, Trinity Valley 70 (men): This was a free throw shooting contest late, and KC's man in the spotlight was Cameroon native Rodrigue Andela, who went to the line nursing a 72-70 lead with just under four seconds left, but hit both charity shots to ice the win.

Cameron Gooden, before that, had hit two free throws for the Rangers to tie the game at 70 with less than a minute left, and then D'Rell Roberts added two with 13 seconds left that gave the Rangers that 72-70 advantage. Andela hit his two to take care of business.

Roberts led KC with 16 points. He also had three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Michael Thomas had 14 poitns, two rebounds, two steals, and three assists. Andela finished with 13 points, four blocked shots, and seven rebounds.

Tyron McMillian scored 11 and added eight rebounds and a block; and Gooden finished with 10, four rebounds and a steal.

Stephan Morris had four points; and Justin Davis, Jeremy Lefort, and Montrell Horsey each had two. Assane Ndiaye didn't score but had five rebounds and three assists.

For TVCC, Anderson Mirambeaux had 22 points, 19 rebounds, and a steal. Vladimir Purtskhvanidze had 17 points, 10 rebounds and an assist. Dashawn Davis also had 17, along with six assists, and Tydan Archibald had eight points.

The Rangers are now back in second place in the conference behind Tyler -- Tyler is 21-1 overall, 13-1 in conference and that "1" is KC, an upset of the Apaches a couple of weeks ago. KC is second in the East Zone of the conference with a 10-5 conference record (they're 19-6 overall).

Panola College and Navarro are tied at third (9-5 each, and Bossier is 8-6, as are the Trinity Valley Cardinals now. Paris is at the bottom of the East Zone (3-11).

Angelina leads the South Zone with a 12-2 mark.

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