BOSSIER CITY, LA -- Kilgore College's Jade Thurmon made two key layups in the final minute of the game Jan. 10 -- along with a clutch free throw by Alicia Mardis to put KC up by four with nine seconds left -- to defeat the Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavaliers, 71-67.
KC struggled in the first half, going into intermission down five points, but rallied with the help of nine points and five key rebounds in the second half by Alicia Mardis.
Thurmon ended up with 24 points (16 in the second half), earning a double-double with 13 rebounds. Richelle Velez was also in double figures for KC with 12 points. Velez was 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point line.
" The kids came up big and hit some much needed shots to give us some energy," said head coach Anna Nimz. "Coming off such an exciting win (103-55 last game against TJC), you never know how they will respond. You always know coming to Bossier that coach Rennie (BPCC coach) will know what you're going to do. I thought they (BPCC) did a fantastic job."
KC's Hennesy Handy and Alexus Moore came off the bench, each scoring six points. Tyra Cormier and Paula Esteban each scored five points for KC. Cormier also had five rebounds.
With the win, KC improves to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in Region XIV play. With TVCC losing tonight to Panola, 70-63, KC now sits in first place in Region XIV.
They will face Paris Junior College next at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in Kilgore.