KILGORE, TX -- Kilgore College's Annilia Dawn took over the game in dramatic fashion - scoring 14 points in the final period - to rally the Lady Rangers to victory Dec. 11 over the Panola College Fillies, 69-64.
KC's Ireneshia Johnson led all scorers with 22 points, 18 of which were scored in the first half.
At one point, the Lady Rangers led Panola in the first half by eight points, 33-25, but the Fillies rallied to head into halftime leading by one point, 35-34.
The second half began with a basket by Panola's Alicja Falkowska. KC answered with a layup by Johnson, assisted by Tara Kessner, to make the score 37-36.
That's when KC went cold, and Panola went on a 6-0 run. The Lady Rangers finally got a basket with eight minutes left in the third period, trailing 44-38.
After a layup by Kessner to get within four points, Panola scored the next three points with a field goal and a free throw.
Sarah Matthews ended the third quarter by making two free throws to get within five points of Panola, 47-42.
That's when Dawn took over for the Lady Rangers.
Dawn tossed a nice pass to assist Kessner to start the final period, then stole the ball on Panola's next possession which resulted in a layup by Jada Hood on the other end to get within a point of Panola, 47-46.
With eight minutes left in the game, Dawn scored with a layup to take the lead, 48-47.
After a missed field goal by Panola, Arielle Wilson grabbed the rebound and tossed the ball to Johnson who assisted Matthews for a layup to extend the lead to 50-47.
Dawn scored again, then Panola scored on its next possession to make the score 52-49 with 6:48 left in the game.
With 5:14 left in the game, Dawn took a charge, then Kara Finister was fouled and made a free throw to take a four-point KC lead, 53-49.
Panola scored on the next possession, but Dawn scored the next five points with a jumper and a three-pointer after getting the possession from a charge taken by Johnson at the other end of the court.
With the score 58-53, Panola's Daryna Bacharova nailed a three-pointer to get within two points, but Dawn answered with a three-pointer of her own to make the score 61-56 with 1:23 left in the game.
Panola was forced to play the foul game in the final minute of the game.
Inbetween fouls and Lady Ranger free throws, Bacharova nailed two more three-pointers and Falkowska hit a jump shot to keep the game close.
But thanks to clutch free throws (8-of-10 in the final minute of the game), the Lady Rangers preserved the conference victory, 69-64.
Dawn ended up with 19 points, four assists, four steals and two rebounds.
Matthews scored 10 points, while Kessner scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Panola was led in scoring by Bacharova with 20 points. She made 6-of-15 three-point attempts.
Destini Whitehead and Falkowska were also in double figures for Panola with 12 points and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Rangers improve to 10-3 overall and 1-2 in Region 14 play.
Their next games are in the Bossier Parish Classic in Bossier City, La., Jan. 1-2.
PHOTO ABOVE: Annilia Dawn looks for a teammate to pass to against Panola College Dec. 11 in Masters Gymnasium. Dawn ended up with 19 points, four assists, four steals and two rebounds. Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC