Lady Rangers rebound from loss

The KC Lady Rangers rebounded from their heartbreaking loss to Tyler Junior College last week, and beat Panola, 60-47 last Saturday. KC played with poise and maintained their lead for most of the game to stage off sharp-shooting Panola.

KC was only leading Panola 27-20 at the half shooting only 38 percent, but they held Panola to only 30 percent shooting and a mere 22 percent from long distance.

Both teams had a difficult time finding the basket in the first half, which was very physical and very defensive minded.

In the second half, KC  was sharper on offense and took it to Panola. KC scored 33 points in the second half to Panola’s 27. They made more shots and had some key stops late in the game after it looked like Panola was going to make a last-minute comeback. KC did not have that much progress from their post play in this game, so they had to rely on guard play to lead them to victory. KC shot 38 percent for the game and 33 percent from the three-point line. They also shot 85 percent from the charity stripe. KC capitalized on Panola’s turnovers, scoring 27 points off them and had great bench production scoring 24 points in that department.

Head Coach Roy Thomas was pleased with his team’s production in this game.

“We had some bright spots in this game, we played well defensively and we improved on out rebounding and offensive execution throughout the game,” Thomas said. “We have to do a better job with our control and our focus through the game, but I was pleased with the production we got in our game tonight.”

Thomas wants his team to be smoother on offense and use great ball fakes to have the defense on edge.

“There are no excuses from here on out; we have no excuses,” Thomas said. “We have to play great every night to give ourselves a chance to win in the tournament.”

Point guard Sha’ Georgia Williams tallied 11 points and four assists for the game, while Imobong Akpan had 13 points and ripped down nine rebounds. Forward Alexis Hill flirted with a triple double as she had eight points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Danesha Richardson and Macy De’Gruy both had eight points each while De’Gruy added 4 assists along with her points.

The Lady Rangers cumulative stats follow: KC is shooting 41 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line. They have compiled 700 total rebounds on the year, including 33 boards a game. They out-rebounded their opponent every game by 11. KC is averaging 59 points a game. They have strong bench production, scoring 392 total bench points and 19 bench points per game. KC is 6-7 in conference play and are 22-10 overall. They’re in the middle of the standings in their respective region and in a good position to make the postseason tournament.

KC got a week off before they take on Paris Junior College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Paris.