No. 2 Rangers upset by Paris, 68-66
Jan. 22, 2014 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - Apparently being ranked No. 2 in the nation doesn't agree with the Kilgore College Rangers.
Two weeks ago when the Rangers first moved up to No. 2 in the polls, they dropped an 85-78 decision at San Jacinto in their next game.
After being ranked No. 8 last week, Kilgore once again catapulted up to No. 2. And once again, a loss followed as Paris escaped Masters Gym with a 68-66 victory on Wednesday night.
The Rangers had two chances to tie in the final 20 seconds. Jonathan Milligan missed a baseline jumper, and the ball went out of bounds off of Paris with two seconds remaining.
Following a timeout, Stefan Moody lobbed the ball into the lane for Aaron Dailey, but the Dragons were able to knock it away, and Jovan Austin retrieved the ball and dribbled out the clock.
There were seven ties and three lead changes in the first 11 minutes with Paris holding a narrow 23-21 advantage. The Dragons then ended the half with a 21-11 stretch to take a 44-32 lead at halftime, capped by a three-pointer from Trevon Seymore just before the break.
Seymore scored nine of his 10 points in the first half for Paris. Delvin Dickerson led the Dragons (15-4, 8-1) with 16 points, including a 4 of 6 performance from downtown.
Kalif Wright got out to a strong start in the second half for Kilgore, but Dickerson and Nouhoum Bocoum continued to have an answer for Paris.
The Dragons led 55-42 before the Rangers went on a 13-4 run with the final six points coming from Jamarcus Weatherspoon to cut the score to 59-55 with 6:43 remaining.
Joe Haynes responded for Paris with a three and then a drive to the bucket to push it back to 64-55. The Dragons then went without a field goal for more than four minutes as the Rangers used a 9-1 run, which ended with Moody nearly turning it over before regaining control, spinning and finishing through contact.
He then made the free throw to make it 65-64 Paris with 1:23 to play.
After a dunk by Paris' Ronnie White, Moody made two more charity shots with 25 seconds left to keep the margin at one point.
Haynes made just one free throw after being fouled by Kilgore, giving the Rangers the option to play for the win or the tie.
Moody led Kilgore with 15 points. Weatherspoon and Wright each had 11 points, and Milligan and Bush Wamukota both chipped in with 10 points.
Kilgore (16-2, 7-2) will face Bossier Parish at 4 p.m. Saturday on the road.
The Kilgore Lady Rangers missed three shots in the final 18 seconds as Jacksonville held on for a 48-46 victory.
The Lady Jaguars never trailed as they led 7-6 early with Danesha Richardson playing a part in all three Lady Ranger field goals. Jacksonville then kept Kilgore without a field goal for more than seven minutes as part of a 9-1 stretch for the visitors.
Jacksonville took a 29-19 lead into the locker room. Kilgore was held to just seven field goals and turned the ball over 10 times in the first half.
Down 38-30 near the midway point of the second half after a triple from Jacksonville's Susan Agesen, Kilgore responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 38, the first time the score was tied since 2-2.
Richardson started the run with a jumper, and then Sha'Georgia Williams scored six straight points.
Jacksonville answered with a 5-0 run and led the remainder of the contest.
Devanyar Workman led Jacksonville (10-8 4-3) with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, and Yvonne Maosa had 16 points and eight rebounds, including six offensive.
Williams scored a team-high 12 points for Kilgore (9-8, 3-5), and Richardson added nine points and five steals.
The Lady Rangers will play at San Jacinto at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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