JACKSONVILLE, TX -- The Lady Rangers got hot toward the end of the first half of play and continued their momentum throughout the second half in a huge upset of the No. 15 Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals March 9 in the Region XIV semifinals at John Alexander Gymnasium.
The Lady Rangers will face San Jacinto College 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, for the Region XIV Championship and a trip to Lubbock for the women's national tournament.
KC trailed early by as many as 10 points in the first half but went ahead for the first time, 23-22, with one minute left in the first quarter with a layup by Jade Thurmon.
The Lady Rangers went into the fourth quarter ahead, 25-22. KC opened up the final period with layup by Patience Idoko to make the score 29-22.
After a defensive stop, KC's Tyra Cormier nailed a short-range jumper to give the Lady Rangers a 31-22 advantage.
TVCC then turned the ball over and KC capitalized with another short-range jumper, this time by Idoko, to put KC back up by 10 points, 33-23.
Danielle Meador stole the ball in the ensuing TVCC possession and KC drove the court with Mardis making a quick drive and layup assisted by Thurmon.
The Lady Cards then went on a 7-0 run to get within 6 points of KC, 35-29, with 4:42 left in the third quarter.
Mardis answered the TVCC run with a jump shot to put KC ahead by eight, 37-29 with 4:20 left in the third period.
TVCC answered with a short jump shot and Meador responded for KC by nailing a three-pointer to put KC ahead, 40-29.
KC then turned the ball over and TVCC scored to make the score 40-33 with three minutes left in the third period.
Thurmon scored on an impressive layup and TVCC scored twice after a KC turnover to get within five points of KC, 42-37, with 1:35 left in the third quarter.
At the end of the third period Meador banked a three-pointer at the buzzer to give KC a 45-39 edge over TVCC.
KC traded baskets at the beginning of the final quarter to make the score 50-43.
Moore hit another three-pointer to put KC up by nine points again, 53-44, with 6:30 left in the game.
TVCC then scored twice to get within 5 points of KC, 53-48 with 4:20 left.
Thurmon was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws to put KC ahead, 55-48 with 3:27 left.
After a defensive stop, Thurmon made a huge layup, was fouled and made the free throw to put KC ahead by 10 once again, 58-48, with 3 minutes left.
On TVCC's next possession, Mardis made a monster block on a Cardinal shot down low.
With two minutes left, TVCC cut the Lady Ranger lead to eight points, 58-50.
On the next possession, TVCC's Arleighshya McElroy made a layup, was fouled and hit the free throw to get the Lady Cards within five points, 58-53, with 1:14 left in the game.
KC's Idoko then made an impressive layup, was fouled and capitalized on the free throw to put KC out of reach with a 61-53 advantage with 48 seconds left.
TVCC scored once again and Idoko made one-of-two free throws on the next possession to make the score 62-53.
Mardis ended the game with a jump shot to make the final score 64-53.
KC was led in scoring by Thurmon with 16 points. Idoko scored 13 for KC and had seven rebounds and Alexus Moore scored 11 for KC. Meador earned a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
TVCC was led in scoring by Mercedes Brooks with 14 points, Michal Miller had 13 and Tra'Dayja Smith scored 11 points.