Team still in hunt for post-season berth

Sports Writer 

The KC Lady Rangers have been hard back at work since the new semester started. They have played some very tough competition in conference lately. They played four games the last two weeks, going 2-2 in those contests. The Lady Rangers have a conference record of 4-5 and they’re still in the hunt for the postseason.

KC played Trinity Valley on Jan. 13, and lost, 63-41. KC had played the Lady Cardinals close until about the last 15 minutes of the second half, when the Lady Cards went on a tear. Head Coach Roy Thomas was pleased with what his team did for the first 25 minutes of the game, but he felt his players just ran out of gas late.

“We played good for the first 25 minutes. The last 15 minutes they just exploited our weaknesses. We didn’t box out so they out rebounded us on the class.

“We also shot 50 percent from the free throw line. That just can’t happen against a team like Trinity Valley,” said Thomas. “I just feel like we gave up when things got tough; we have to learn to withstand adversity and play through the bad times. That is the true measure of a team. We have to be mentally tough. We were under sized and we were out rebounded. That simply can’t happen,” Thomas said.

Trinity Valley is one of the nation’s top ranked teams, and they are very tall and have outsized every other team that they have faced.

The Lady Rangers faced Bossier Parish Lady Cavaliers on Jan. 18, and KC came out victorious with a score of 71-48. Forward Da’Moneyca Spivey led all scorers with 22 points including six long range three-point bombs.

Freshman post Pre’Franz Dominick poured in 16 points on the night. KC had one of their better games of the year against this Lady Cavalier team.

On Jan. 22 KC faced Jacksonville Baptist and dropped a nail biter, 48-46. KC had three chances to tie or win the game on their last possession, but the ball wouldn’t drop for them when they needed it most.

Both teams had a hard time scoring. It seemed like the rim was taped up, because neither team could buy a basket. KC shot 35 percent from the field while Jacksonville only shot 38 percent. KC had a hard time making free throws in this game as well. They shot 53 percent from the field and also coughed up the ball 16 times.

Jacksonville’s Devanyar Workman had a double-double totaling 17 points and ripping down 12 rebounds. KC’s leading scorer was guard Sha’ Georgia Williams. She had 12 points and two steals. KC bench came alive as they scored 16 bench points, but not enough to get the win.

The last game KC played was on Jan. 25 against San Jacinto College. KC blew out San Jacinto 73-41.

KC only led by nine points at the half, but in the second half they exploded for 39 points to only 16 from San Jac. KC played some solid defense holding San Jac to only 35 percent from the field.

They also had 44 defensive stops. KC shot a very impressive 51 percent from the field for the game and 92 percent from the free throw line.

Imaobong Akpan recorded a double-double for the game totaling 20 points and 10 boards. Dominick accompanied her with 15 points and eight rebounds, while forward Alexis Hill dropped in 11 points for the game.

KC played Angelina College Lady Roadrunners  in a conference game Wednesday night at Masters Gymnasium.

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