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Kilgore College men coast to big win over Bossier Parish

By Hayden Henry
Feb. 19, 2014 at 11 p.m.


KILGORE - Kilgore College's starters set the stage and the reserves put on the finishing touches as the Rangers bounced back from their fourth loss of the season on Tuesday.

Kilgore - ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA - built a big lead midway through the opening half and cruised to a 93-59 win over Bossier Parish Community College at Masters Gymnasium.

Jamarcus Weatherspoon led the way with 18 points and Ole Miss-bound Stefan Moody filled the stat sheet with 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and a block. Kalif Wright rounded out a trio of starters in double digits with 10 points and six rebounds for Kilgore College, which fell to Paris 53-49 this past Saturday.

Aaron Dailey finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, pacing a 41-point night for the Rangers' bench.

Bossier led throughout the first five minutes of the night before a 9-0 run put Kilgore College up 18-11 at the 13-minute mark, capped by a breakaway steal and slam from Moody.

A 13-4 run to open the second half put Kilgore ahead by 24 with 15:41 to play. The Rangers led by as many as 38 in the second half.

Kilgore hits the road to Navarro on Saturday.

WOMEN

Danesha Richardson took the opening tip the distance en route to 16 first-half points to lead the Lady Rangers to a 65-60 win over Bossier Parish.

Richardson's final points of the night came in the waning seconds of the opening half to give the Lady Rangers (12-12, 7-8 in Region XIV action) a four-point lead after leading by as many nine in the first half. The 5-10 Houston freshman went out in the second half with an apparent foot injury after finishing 8-of-10 from the field.

Kilgore built its largest lead of the night in the second half at 17 points before the Lady Cavaliers – behind 54 percent shooting – pulled to with three points with 15 seconds on the clock.

Macy De'Gruy followed with 10 points and four assists while Imaobong Akpan and Alexis Hill added nine each for the Lady Rangers. Akpan pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for Kilgore. Sha'Georgia Williams finished with five assists and five steals.

Bossier Parish jumped out to a 6-2 lead to start the night before back-to-back buckets from Richardson and Akpan gave Kilgore its first lead with 12:29 left in the opening half – a lead the Lady Rangers would not relinquish.

Bossier Parish pulled to within four points in the first three minutes of the second half before a 13-0 run gave the Lady Rangers a 54-37 lead at the 9:17 mark.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Bossier's Andreanna Jackson followed by a coast-to-coast steal and bucket pulled the Lady Cavaliers (8-15, 3-11) to within four with 3:54 left to play.

De'Gruy drained two free throws with 14 seconds left to secure the 65-60 win for the Lady Rangers.

The Lady Rangers travel to Carthage for a showdown with Panola College on Saturday.

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