Season debuts at TJC classic

Staff Writer

The Lady Rangers open the regular basketball season at the Tyler Junior College Sleep Inn Classic this weekend at the Wagstaff Gymnasium in Tyler.

This will be the first time the six freshmen and two transfers will get to mix it up with the four returning sophomores on the team. These games will give the freshmen their first opportunity to play in the  fast-pace collegiate atmosphere.

“This will show a lot of the freshmen this is not high school and that you have to execute,” said head coach Roy Thomas.

In last year’s Sleep Inn Classic, the Lady Rangers came away with one win, defeating Collin County   66-56, while losing to both Odessa and Weatherford.

This year the Lady Rangers tipped off against Collin County Thursday.

At 2 p.m. Friday, the Lady Rangers will play Odessa College who finished its season with a 20-8 record last year.

The Odessa Wranglers have two games already under their belt coming into Friday’s contest.

The Lady Rangers will face Weatherford College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Weatherford is ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll.

“It is hard to know how good we will do just from practice,” Thomas said. “I’m anxious to see what we need to work on.”

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