Lady Rangers shot down by rivals

SHENIECE CHAPPELL
Sports Editor

The Lady Rangers duked it out in a 58-56 loss against their rivals the Lady Apaches of Tyler Junior College Wednesday night at Wagstaff Gym in Tyler.

The loss moved the Lady Rangers to 10-13 overall and 5-10 in conference. The team is on a six-game losing streak and just cannot seem to bounce back.

“We need to play our game and stop letting others dictate how we play,” said shooting guard Amanda Lawson.

Going into halftime the score was 30-28, in TJC’s favor. The game was a tight race and came down to final seconds.

Leading the Lady Rangers in scoring with 13 points was Gabrielle Jackson. She was one of three Lady Rangers in double digits for the night. Victoria Billingsley and Kiera Phipps added 12 and 10, respectively.

Lawson contributed eight points and led overall in assist with seven. Bladine N’goran also had eight points. Jackson had four assists and Phipps had three.

There were 11 lead changes and seven ties in this match-up. The Lady Rangers had 25 turnovers and shot for 33.9 percent from the field, making only 20 of 59 attempts. They were 13 for 16 at the free-throw line and three for 14 in three-point range.

“We are giving our all and I believe we are the best team in conference,” Lawson said. “The teams don’t beat us; we beat ourselves.”

The Lady Rangers are currently the No. 5 seed and are tied with Paris Junior College in the Region XIV standings. They will close out the regular season against Angelina College 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Masters Gym.

“Preparing for Saturday’s game we are getting in the gym and working as a team,” Lawson said. “I am very confident about getting a win out of this game.”

The Lady Rangers lost 47-42 earlier this season to Angelina in Lufkin.