Lady Rangers hope to recoup after tough loss

SHENIECE CHAPPELL
Sports Editor

Down 42-40 with only a minute left in the game, the Lady Rangers just could not get over the hump.

“I don’t fault their effort, but I do fault their mentality,” said head coach Roy Thomas.

With two opportunities to tie the game and possibly win, the Lady Rangers failed both times by missing shots and fell to the Angelina College  Lady Roadrunners, 47-42 on Jan. 26.

“All through the game we played like we were behind instead of taking control,” Thomas said.

The Lady Rangers had 31 turnovers in Saturday’s game. They also shot 59 percent at the free-throw line making 13 of 22 attempts.

“I’m not satisfied; I’m a long way from it,” Thomas said. “We play like we’re a summer league team.”

Gabrielle Jackson was the lead scorer of the game with 13 points. Victoria Billingsley was close behind with eight points.

“I want to get more out of our post people, Bladine N’Goran and Maria Leaks,” Thomas said.

N’Goran and Leaks each added five points to the Lady Rangers’ scoreboard. They had a combined 10 rebounds, two steals and three assists.

Cieara Jimmerson and Amanda Lawson put up four points apiece and Keira Phipps had three. The Lady Rangers shot 35.9 percent from the field, making 14 of 39 shots. They were one for eight from 3-point range.

“This season is frustrating,” Thomas said. “Our decision -making isn’t great and we haven’t grown as a team.”

“The Lady Rangers’ toughest opponents are themselves,” Thomas said. “There’s no reason for us to not finish in the top three or four at the least. These last two losses were games we should’ve won.”

Despite  being their own worse enemy, Blinn and Angelina are also competition for the Lady Rangers.

“Blinn has one loss and Angelina has two,” Thomas said. “Then there’s Jacksonville knocking on the back door.”

The Lady Rangers are a little over the halfway point in the season and will host the Blinn Lady Bucs 4 p.m. Saturday in Masters Gym.

Guard Tanisha Winston said the team has been working all week for this game.

“We are very prepared,” Winston said. “We just need to play what we practice.”

Playing at home with its home crowd cheering them on can be an advantage for the Lady Rangers.

“We haven’t lost a conference game at home yet,” Thomas said. “My motto is always win at home and try to on the road.”

Going into Saturday’s game everyone is active to play. There are no major injuries so far this season.

“I can handle winning and losing but not how we’re playing,” Thomas said. “I hope they take what we learn and apply it to the game and keep doing what we’re doing.”

The Lady Rangers will face rival Tyler Junior College 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Masters Gym as the first game of a double header.

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