Team takes pair in Lady Ranger Classic after 3-week break

DEVIN BROOKS
Sports Writer

The KC Lady Rangers came off a three-week layoff and won both of their contests in the Lady Ranger Classic held at Masters Gym Jan. 2-3. KC defeated SW Christian College, 66-37, on Thursday, and defeated the Arkansas Baptist Lady Buffs, 62-47.

KC capitalized off the Lady Buffs’ mental mistakes in the latter game. The Lady Buffs had 26 turnovers and KC scored 16 points off them. KC also had 17 second-chance points.

Both teams crashed the boards all night long as they each took down 43 rebounds. The Lady Rangers played solid defense in the first half, holding the Lady Buffs to only 15 points on 22 percent shooting from the field. KC shot 38 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line in the first half. KC led the Lady Buffs 34-15 at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Buffs outscored the Lady Rangers, 32-28, shooting 39 percent from the field, but the Lady Rangers shot 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range. They were able to make defensive stops when they needed to hold off the Lady Buffs for the win. KC shot 42 percent from the field for the game, and 60 percent from the free throw line.

Guard Imaobong Akpan recorded her first double-double of the new year. She had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and stole the ball four times. She went 8-14 from the field, including 2-2 from the 3-point line. The other guard Sha’ Georgia Williams, had 10 points, four assists, and two steals. She shot 4-9 from the field and 1-2 from the 3-point line.

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On Friday, KC continued its winning ways, blowing out SW Christian College, 66-37.

KC was hot from the field this game. They shot 42 percent from the field for the game and 67 percent from 3-point range.

They led SW Christian at the half, 31-14, and didn’t look back from there. The Lady Rangers’ defense was in effect all game long.

They held SW Christian College to 28 percent shooting for the game and 9 percent from the 3-point line. No player for SW Christian scored over eight points. KC scored 19 points off 31 SW Christian turnovers and has 58 defensive stops for the game. Twenty-six of KC’s total points came from the paint and they out rebounded their opponent 41-31.

Point Guard Williams was on fire from start to finish. She had 30 points and 3 steals. She shot 12-15 from the field including a perfect 4-4 from long range. Forward Alexis Hill had an impressive stat line as she recorded five points, seven assists, and 12 rebounds. Danesha Richardson also had a solid game as she had 8 points and 7 rebounds shooting 2-4 from the field.

 

This was KC’s first game since the Christmas break. The squad had three conference games before the holiday break. They defeated Jacksonville College on Dec. 3, 64-59, to earn their first conference win of the year. On Dec. 7 they lost a nailbiter to Blinn Community College 92-88 in double overtime. In their last game before the break they were defeated by Trinity Valley Community College, 75-48. KC ended 1-2 in conference play at the break, and their current record stands at 7-5.

They resumed conference play against the San Jacinto College Ravens at 5:30 Wednesday at Masters Gym.

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