Lady Rangers slay Lady Dragons, 43-27

SHENIECE CHAPPELL
Sports Editor

The Lady Rangers now have a 9-5 overall record (4-2 in conference) and claim a two-game winning streak after defeating the Lady Dragons of Paris Junior College, 43-27, Wednesday.

The Lady Rangers went into halftime with a 23-10 lead and managed to keep the lead for the remainder of the game.

Keira Phipps was the lead scorer of the night with 10 points. Adding on to the scoring festives for the Lady Rangers were Maria Leaks with seven points. Gabrielle Jackson, Cieara Jimmerson and Bladine N’Goran each had six points.

“This win was good for us,” said Phipps. “We got a chance to work on a different aspect of our game.”

Although the Lady Rangers walked away with the win they still have things to work on before facing Angelina College Saturday in Lufkin.

“Everybody needs to step up,” said head coach Roy Thomas. “The Lady Rangers need to play smarter and take care of the ball on both offense and defense.”

Jackson lead in assists with five and Phipps close behind with three. Amanda Lawson and Jimmerson added two and one, respectively. The Lady Rangers had a total 10 steals and two blocks, but that doesn’t cover up the 22 turnovers they committed in Wednesday’s game.

“I’m not happy with the 22,” Thomas said. “We need to play better defense, shoot the ball better, control the tempo of the game and eliminate those turnovers.”

The Lady Rangers will once again face an away crowd as they travel to Lufkin to take on Angelina College 4 p.m. Saturday. Both teams are on a two-game winning streak with hopes of keeping it alive.

After a tough loss from No. 3 ranked Trinity Valley (78-42) a week ago, the Lady Rangers are starting to find their comfort zone. They started their two-game winning streak off by beating San Jacinto Community college, 53-37, Jan. 19.

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