CARTHAGE, TX -- The KC men slipped past a gritty Panola College team, 56-54, while the Lady Rangers struggled shooting the ball, losing to the Fillies, 69-54
KC men vs. Panola
The Kilgore College men's basketball team struggled shooting the ball in the first half -- making only 20 percent of its shots -- going into halftime down 21-18 to the Panola College Ponies Jan. 24.
But KC rebounded in the second half, hitting 45 percent of its shots to edge Panola, 56-54, in a game that had 10 ties and 15 lead changes.
The Rangers were led in scoring by Jonathan Milligan and Jaleel Wheeler who each scored 14 points. Michael Thomas was also in double figures for the Rangers with 12 points and Miles Banks was once again huge for KC rebounding the ball with 11 boards. Thomas was 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
KC held Panola to only one player in double figures -- Jamie Rutherford, who scored 12 points.
With the win, the KC men improve to 14-7 overall and 6-5 in Region XIV play.
The men are off until Saturday, Jan. 31, when they will host Tyler Junior College. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. in Masters Gymnasium.
KC women vs. Panola College
The Lady Rangers never had the lead Jan. 24, losing to the Panola College Fillies, 69-54, in Carthage.
Both teams struggled mightily in the first half to put up points with the halftime score at 20-15. The two teams bounced back in the second half with Panola scoring 49 points and KC scoring 39 points, but the Fillies pulled away toward the end of the contest to preserve the victory.
KC and Panola both turned the ball over quite a bit -- 18 turnovers for Kilgore and 27 turnovers for Panola. There were also 57 fouls called in the game.
Kilgore had two players in double figures with Darreion Clark scoring 16 points and Imaobong Akpan scoring 10 points.
Panola had two players in double figures with Maiana Duran scoring 11 points and Thelma Williams scoring 10 points. Williams also had 10 rebounds to earn a double-double.
With the loss, the Lady Rangers drop to 6-12 overall and 3-8 in Region XIV play.
They will play at home Wednesday, Jan. 28, against San Jacinto College. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. in Masters Gymnasium and all fans will get in for free.