No. 1 Trinity Valley (overall 25-1, 12-0 in conference) was just too much for the Lady Rangers (overall 10-9, 5-6 in conference) as they fell 64-45, Wednesday night in Masters Gym.
Head Coach Roy Thomas described the game as a bowl of frustration.
“Every time you look up it was like wow we have a chance,” Thomas said. “But the bug would always comeback and we could never get over the hump.”
The Lady Rangers kept it a close game against the Lady Cardinals in the first half. With 2:49 left before halftime, KC trailed by only one point, 18-17. At halftime the score was 25-17, in Trinity Valley’s favor.
When the second half rolled around the Lady Cardinals turned it up a notch, scoring 39 points and holding the Lady Rangers to 28.
Victoria Billingsley was the Lady Rangers’ lead scorer with 12 points. Demoneyca Spivey was right behind her with 10 points. Amanda Lawson and Keira Phipps both had seven. Also contributing to the scoreboard were Bladine N’goran and Tanisha Winston, each with four points.
The Lady Rangers have struggled throughout the season with trying to minimize their turnovers. The team had a combined total of 22 turnovers and shot 31.1 percent from the field.
“We get into the groove at the beginning, move to fast and create turnovers,” Lawson said.
However, turnovers were not the only problem haunting the Lady Rangers in Wednesday’s game. Lawson and N’goran both fouled out of the game during the second half. The team was also without three players due to injuries: Gabrielle Jackson, Alexandria Samples and Destiny Coley.
Thomas hopes the team is back at full strength for Saturday’s game, especially Jackson.
“She’ll help out a lot with ball handling, security and creating pressure,” Thomas said.
Jackson averages 8.82 points a game, 3.94 rebounds a game and is in the starting lineup.
Thomas says the Lady Rangers will be competing in the Region XIV Tournament held in March. He hopes his team continues play smart and fight in these next upcoming games.
“Tough times don’t last always, but tough people do,” Thomas said. “Do what you can do and not what you can’t do. Just play within yourself.”
The Lady Rangers will host Paris Junior College in the first game of a doubleheader 2 p.m. Saturday in Masters Gym.
“We just need to play as a team and get the job done as one,” Lawson said. “Our mistakes need to become a short-term memory; we need to have fun and stop being uptight.”
KC vs. Panola
A three-point lead in the first half was not enough for the Lady Rangers as they suffered a 61-58 loss Saturday to Panola College.
It was KC’s fourth loss in conference play, dropping to 10-8 on the season and 5-4 in conference, while Panola is now 11-14 overall and 3-6 in conference.
Sophomore Amanda Lawson led the way for the Lady Rangers with 16 points and seven rebounds. Lawson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds a game in the season.
Kilgore could not find any luck from behind the arch, making a rueful 3 of 18.
Sophomore Catarina Jones was leading scorer for Panola with 14 points while Panola’s bench contributed with 33 points in the win.