The Lady Rangers defeated arch rival Lady Apaches of Tyler Junior College, 88-58, Wednesday night in Masters Gym.
Coming into this game the Lady Rangers were aiming to bounce back from a two-game losing streak. They fell 58-47 Saturday to Blinn College and 47-42 to Angelina College the week before.
“We made up our mind as a team to get back on our winning streak,” said point guard Tanisha Winston. “We played hard and most of all together.”
The Lady Rangers managed to play without their head coach Roy Thomas. He was suspended for the game after picking up two technicals and being ejected from Saturday’s game against Blinn.
“It was awkward not having him out there with us scowling at us on every mistake made,” Winston said. “We surely missed his presence.”
Four minutes into the game the Lady Rangers were up 12-3 and were just getting started. After grabbing the lead the team held on to it throughout the game. They went into halftime leading 40-23.
Amanda Lawson led the Lady Rangers in scoring with 22 points. Close behind were Victoria Billingsley scoring 16 points and Gabrielle Jacks with 15 points. Keira Phipps, Winston, and Bladine N’goran added 11, 10 and eight, respectively.
The team made 33 out of 57 shot attempts, shooting 57.9 percent from the field. The Lady Rangers also accumulated 30 assist, seven blocked shots and 18 steals all in one night.
The game was sealed at the three-minute mark with a score of 84-48 in KC’s favor. There was no coming back for the Lady Apaches at this point.
Guard Gabrielle Jackson said the key to winning this game was teamwork.
“We were all on one page and that was to win together and prove to coach that we can do it when he’s there and when he’s not there,” Jackson said. “Losing and being at the bottom motivated us to go get this win.”
The Lady Rangers will travel to Carthage to face Panola College 4 p.m. Saturday.
Going into Saturday’s game Jackson said the team will have to prepare like they prepared for the TJC match-up.
“The team will have to have a winning mentality like we did tonight,” Jackson said. “People think we are underdogs. That’s our motivation to sneak up behind the spectators and prove who we truly are.”
KC will host No. 1 in the conference Trinity Valley 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Masters Gym.
Both of these upcoming games are conference games.
KC vs. BLINN
The Lady Rangers fell 58-47, to the Lady Bucs Saturday, Feb. 2 in Masters Gym.
At halftime the Lady Rangers were down 31-16 and were not able to come back. They made 18 out of 65 field goal attempts shooting only 27.7 percent. The leading scorer of the night was Lady Ranger Amanda Lawson with 15 points. Gabrielle Jackson had 10 points. Jackson also had four assists, three steals and two turnovers.
“We weren’t playing as a team,” said guard Keira Phipps. “We let them dictate the game instead of controlling the tempo.”
Bladine N’goran added six points to the Lady Rangers’ scoreboard and Phipps and Victoria Billingsley each had two points. Tanisha Winston, Maria Leaks and Cieara Jimmerson all added four points, respectively.