KILGORE, TX -- Down by 18 points and looking glim, Hannah Narvaez entered the game and energized the Lady Rangers with two quick steals and a score to start a rally. But KC's rally fell just short, losing to Panola College, 58-56, in both teams' first conference game.
With six minutes left, Narvaez nailed a three-pointer cut the Fillies' lead to eight points, 54-46.
Mckenze Brown cut the lead to six with a layup with 4:41 left.
Panola answered with a basket by Alana Swift, but Jada Hood knocked down a three-pointer at the other end to cut Panola's lead to five points, 56-51, with 3:45 to go.
With 2:41 left, Narvaez nailed another three-pointer to get within two points, 56-54.
Brown stole a pass from Panola with just under two minutes to play and took it to the other end to tie the score up with a layup, 56-56.
Swift gave the Fillies the lead again, 58-56, with a jumper with a minute left on the clock.
After a missed three-point attempt by KC, the Lady Rangers forced an off-balanced shot, got the ball back and put up a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer that missed wide left.
With the loss, the Lady Rangers drop to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Brown led the Lady Rangers in scoring with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Narvaez scored 8 points, had two clutch rebounds and three steals.
Rounding out the scoring for KC was Kerrighan Dunn (7), Destinee Reyna (6), Hood (5), Kai Finister (4), Rahmena Henderson (2), Vianey Galvan (2) and Josephine Adegbite (2).
Panola had three players in double figures with Destini Whitehead (16), Swift (11) and Ginger Reece (11).
Odeth Betancourt had four points and an impressive 17 rebounds.
The Lady Rangers will play 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, against Jacksonville College in Masters Gymnasium.
The KC men will play first Saturday in the double-header at 1 p.m. versus Navarro College.
PHOTO ABOVE: Jada Hood and Hannah Narvaez guard Panola player Feb. 3 in Masters Gymnasium. Photo by Rachel Stallard/KC