KILGORE, TX -- The men's and women's basketball teams both got back on track with big conference wins over the Paris Junior College Dragons and Lady Dragons Jan. 21 at Masters Gymnasium.
KC men vs. Paris
The Kilgore College men held off an impressive Paris Junior College team, winning 60-57, in a game that had 11 lead changes and three ties.
KC was nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 21-of-24 attempts (88 percent) and was 36 percent (18-of-50) from the field.
The Rangers were led in scoring by Jonathan Milligan with 17 points. Bakari Copeland came up huge again for the Rangers, putting up 12 points. Miles Banks and Alassane Kah both had a big night on the boards, grabbing 11 and 9 rebounds, respectively.
Jaleel Wheeler added 8 points and 5 rebounds for KC while Shaq Keith scored 6 points.
The Dragons were paced by Joe Haynes, the game’s leading scorer, with 21 points. Bradley Christian was also in double figures for the Dragons with 14.
With the win, the Rangers even up their conference record at 5-5. KC is 13-7 overall.
KC will face Panola College 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Carthage High School's gymnasium.
Lady Rangers vs. Paris
In a game of two polar opposite halves, the Lady Rangers outscored the Paris Junior College Lady Dragons 36-13 in the second half to run away with a 49-37 Kilgore College victory at Masters Gymnasium.
KC struggled mightily in the first half, only scoring 13 points, shooting a dismal 4-of-24 from the field (17 percent).
Looking completely different in the second half, KC made 47 percent of its shots (14-of-30) compared to Paris' 38 percent (6-of-16).
The Lady Rangers had five players with 8 or more points: Mariah Hopkins with 11, Deshawnta Lyday with 9 and Imaobong Akpan, Adrianna Edwards and Pre'Franz Dominick all scoring 8 points each. Lyday also had a big night on the boards with 11 rebounds for KC.
Both teams struggled from the three-point line with Paris making 2-of-12 three-pointers and KC making only 1 three-pointer out of 16 attempts.
Paris was led in scoring by Kierra Smith, who earned a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
With the win, KC improves to 6-11 overall and 3-7 in Region XIV play.
The Lady Rangers will face Panola College at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Carthage High School's gymnasium.