Thursday, January 28th 2021

South Plains rallies to defeat Lady Rangers by a point

KILGORE, TX -- The No. 3 South Plains College Lady Texans rallied from nine points down to defeat the Lady Rangers, 49-48, in KC's next-to-last non-conference game before opening up Region XIV play.

KC led most of the game until the Lady Texans tied the game at 42 points with three minutes left.

South Plains made one-of-two free throws to take the lead, 43-42, with 2:17 left.

After missed shots at both ends of the court, KC's Jada Hood drained a three-pointer to give the Lady Rangers a 45-43 lead with 1:30 left.

The Lady Texans responded with a three ball of their own by Grace Hunter to take back the lead, 46-45.

After a missed three-point attempt by the Lady Rangers, Hunter scored again to put South Plains up by three points, 48-45, with 40 seconds remaining.

KC turned the ball over in its ensuing possession, but South Plains missed a jumper at the other end.

With 20 seconds left, Deborah Reis blocked a KC three-pointer and KC was forced to foul on the other end of the court.

The foul put Reis on the line who made one-of two free throws to put the Lady Texans ahead by four points, 49-45, with 9.7 seconds left.

Hood connected on a three-point attempt as the buzzer sounded to make the final score 49-48.

KC was led in scoring by Hood with 20 points. South Plains had three players in double-figues with Grace Hunter (11), Reis (11) and Jordan Brown (10).

With the loss, KC drops to 0-3 on the season. South Plains improves to 3-1, with its only loss coming from Trinity Valley Community College.

The Lady Rangers' next game is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at home against Collin College.

PHOTO ABOVE: Vianey Galvez floats a shot up against South Plains College Jan. 28 in Masters Gymnasium. Photo by Rachel Stallard/KC