Lady Rangers defeat two ranked teams to finish second in Midland WNIT

The Lady Rangers made quite a run Nov. 21-23 in the annual Midland Women's National Invitational Tournament -- especially since Kilgore College was considered an underdog in every game played.

In one of the best early-season junior college basketball tournaments in the country, six-of-eight of the teams were nationally ranked, but that didn't matter to the unranked Lady Rangers, who placed second.

Sophomores Annilia Dawn and Ireneshia Johnson were named to the WNIT All-Tournament team.

In rounds one and two of the tournament, KC knocked off two nationally ranked teams, but came up short in the championship game to Trinity Valley Community College, 80-50.

Besides KC teams in the tournament were No. 3 Trinity Valley Community College, No. 5 Seward County Community College, No. 9 Florida SouthWestern State, No. 19 Salt Lake Community College, No. 23 Odessa College and Hill College.

Lady Rangers 80, No. 19 Salt Lake Community College 65

In the first round, KC upended No. 19 Salt Lake Community College, 80-65, in the first round, led by Dawn with 25 points, three assists and two steals.

Johnson scored 25 points and Alba Garcia Carmarena scored 10 points for KC against Salt Lake.

Lady Rangers 65, No. 13 Midland College 65

In the second round of the tournament, KC knocked off the host team, No. 13 Midland College, 65-57. 

Once again, Dawn led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Jada Hood with 15 points and Johnson with 14 points.

Johnson also grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals and a block before fouling out in the second half.

Dawn had eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three rebounds in the victory.

Up next:

The Lady Rangers will travel Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30, to play at the Collin Classic in Plano.

They will face Seminole State College on Friday at 1 p.m., and will face Collin College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.