Rangers, Lady Rangers sweep Panola college

KILGORE, TX -- In the women's game, the Lady Rangers took control early and shut down the Panola College Fillies, winning 73-56.

In the men's game, a late contested three-pointer was the difference in a 69-67 Ranger victory over the Panola College Ponies.

LADY RANGERS 73, PANOLA 56

The Lady Rangers were firing on all cylinders against a scrappy Panola College team.

Alex Strawhorn set the tone early for the Lady Rangers, knocking down four-consecutive three-pointers.  Strawhorn ended up making 5-of-9 three pointers, scoring 16 points.

But Emely Rosario stole the show for KC, leading all scorers with 26 points.  Rosario also had five assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

Sarah Mgbeike had six points and six rebounds and Patience Idoko was a monster rebounding the ball with 10 boards.

KC's Ireneshia Johnson ended up with nine points and seven rebounds.

The Fillies were led in scoring by Daryna Barchova with 18 points, Alicja Falkowska with 16 and K.K. Etienne with 10 points.

Panola drops to 12-10 overall and 8-4 in Region XIV play.

The Lady Rangers (15-8, 7-5) will travel to play Paris Junior College Wednesday, Feb. 13

 Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

RANGERS 69, PANOLA 67

Kilgore College's Jordyn Owens forced a turnover late and hit a game-winning three-pointer to seal a come-from-behind victory over the Panola College Ponies Feb. 9 at Masters Gymnasium.

KC's Darrian Grays gave the Rangers life with 30 seconds left in the game when he hit a three-pointer to get within one point of Panola College, 67-66.

On Panola's inbounds pass, Owens deflected the ball off a Panola player for a KC possession and another chance to take the lead.

The Rangers burned some time then called a timeout with 23 seconds left.

After inbounding the ball, Grays threw a perfect pass to Owens who nailed a contested three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left to go ahead of the Ponies, 69-67.

Panola tried a desperation three-pointer from their own side of the court, but it was off the mark.

The Rangers struggled early, trailing the Ponies by as many as 15 points 12 minutes into the game, but a 30-15 run to close out the first half resulted in a tied ballgame at 36 points.

Grays led KC in scoring with 19 points and four assists.  Owens ended up with eight points, five assists and four steals.

KC’s Demiere Brown scored 11 points, had four assists, two steals and one blocked shot.

Rodrigue Tha Andela scored eight points for KC and had five rebounds, four blocks and a steal.

Jairus Stevens and Assane Ndiaye each scored six points for KC.

The win was celebrated with a short ceremony after the game, commemorating coach Brian Hoberecht's 200th victory as head coach at KC.

With the loss, Panola drops to 18-7 overall and 8-5 in conference play.

KC improves to 16-8 overall and 7-6 in Region XIV play.

KC will face Trinity Valley Community College Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Athens. 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.