Lady Rangers upset Panola in quarterfinals of regional tournament

JACKSONVILLE, TX -- The No. 6 seeded Kilgore College Lady Rangers knocked off No. 3 Panola College Fillies March 8 in the Region XIV Basketball Tournament, marking the program's first postseason win since the 2008-09 season.  The victory was especially exciting for second-year head coach Anna Nimz as it was her 100th career victory.

Panola had beaten the Lady Rangers twice in the regular season, once by four points in January and 19 points Feb. 25 in Carthage.

KC had a nine-point lead early in the fourth period but an 11-0 Panola run put the Fillies up by two.  That's when freshman Richelle Velez and Lyrik Williams caught fire.

Velez finished the game with 6 three-pointers (6-of-15 for 17 points) and Williams finished the game, leading all scorers, with 20 points.  Williams also grabbed 15 rebounds to earn a double-double.

KC's Danielle Meador and Jade Thurmon were also in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively.  Da'Jah Thompson had a monster night on the boards with 11 rebounds.

Panola was led in scoring by Tyshelle Perry with 18 points.  Patience Okpe ended up with 15 points for the Fillies and Denasia Watson ended up with 11.

KC advances to the semifinals Friday, March 10, to face No. 2 seed San Jacinto College at 3 p.m.  The tournament is being held at John Alexander Gymnasium (on the old Lon Morris College) in Jacksonville.

Friday's game will be broadcast live on the KC Sports Network.

View Region XIV Tournament webpage.

PHOTO ABOVE: The Lady Rangers celebrate their tournament victory over Panola March 8 in Jacksonville.  The win was also head coach Anna Nimz' 100th career victory.  Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC