JACKSONVILLE, TX -- The Panola College Lady Fillies hung on for a 79-77 victory in a wild finish at John Alexander Gymnasium in the first round of the Region XIV Tournament.
The ending, although quite exciting, was filled with controversy on both sides of the court.
With 1:46 left, KC's Jada Hood made one-of-two free throws to get within a point of Panola, 74-73. But after the referees huddled, they decided the first shot (a miss) was a violation. KC received an extra free throw, which was good, to tie the score up at 74.
With 43 seconds left, KC was fouled and made one-of-two free throws to tie the game up once again at 77.
Panola's Alana Swift made a layup with 14 seconds left to gain a 79-77 lead, followed by a timeout by KC.
After a missed three point attempt with seconds left, KC rebounded but the ball but it was swatted out of bounds with the time expiring.
KC head coach Addie Lees argued that she called timeout before time expired, but after another referee huddle, the game was declared complete.
KC had four players in double figures with Jada Hood leading all scorers with 23. Kerrighan Dunn scored 16, Vianey Galvan scored 14 and Rahmena Henderson added 10.
Tara Green and McKenzie Brown each scored 5 points with Green grabbing 10 rebounds.
Panola had four players, as well, in double figures with Ginger Reece (21), Swift (19), Destiny Burton (14) and Destini Whitehead (12).
Odeth Betancourt had 6 points and 10 rebounds.
With season-ending loss, KC finishes the season at 10-13 overall and 7-9 in Region XIV.
PHOTO ABOVE: Jada Hood drives down the floor against the Panola Fillies in the first round of Region XIV women’s basketball playoffs. Hood scored 23 of the Lady Rangers’ 77 points in the 79-77 loss in Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Rachel Stallard/KC Marketing