KILGORE – Two teams entered Kilgore College’s Masters Gymnasium with perfect records on Wednesday. The Kilgore College Lady Rangers and Rangers made sure only one left the house that way.

The KC women snapped a two-game losing skid and knocked off previously unbeaten and No. 17 ranked Blinn, 69-65, and the No. 2 ranked Kilgore College Rangers stayed perfect with an 80-59 win over Trinity Valley.

KC’s women moved to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Region XIV Conference with the win, while Blinn drops to 15-1 and 4-1.

The KC men improved to 17-0 and 7-0, while TVCC fell to 8-7 and 3-3.

The Lady Rangers visit Coastal Bend on Saturday, while the KC men visit Navarro.

WomenIn the opener, the Lady Rangers led by 12 early and trailed by four in the second half before taking the lead for good when Kerrighan Dunn started and ended a modest 8-0 run with 3-pointers.

Dunn’s second triple in the mini-outburst helped KC take a 54-52 lead into the final stanza, and the Lady Rangers quickly pushed the lead to eight on a putback by Tara Kessner, a free throw from Tara Green and another 3-pointer from Dunn.

Blinn stormed back to narrow the gap to three, but a steal and layup by Dunn put the Lady Rangers on top 64-59 with 2:18 left.

Blinn’s Telisha Brown banked in a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to cut the deficit to a couple, but Rahmena Henderson took over down the stretch – rebounding her own miss and scoring and then sinking two free throws. A free throw from Vianey Galvan made it 69-62 and made Browns late 3-pointer a non-issue.

The Lady Rangers led by 12 late in a hot-shooting first quarter after a Dunn steal and 3-pointer and two freebies from Galvan. The Lady Rangers were 9-for-15 from the floor with five triples in the opening frame.

Dunn finished with 21 points and five assists. Henderson had 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals, Jada Hood 15 points, Galvan five points and two steals, D’Asia Thomas four points, Green three points and Kessner, D’Ny’Jzshia Wilson and Maya Scheitel-Taylor two points. Thomas and Kessner both grabbed five rebounds.

Brown had 23 in the loss for Blinn.

MenDantwan Grimes, Da’Sean Nelson, Isaac Hoberecht and Keshawn Williams all scored 12 points for KC. Paul Otieno and Daveon Thomas scored eight apiece, Mason Taylor six, Tobias Roland five, Duane Posey three and Obi Ezekewesli two. Roland and Otieno had seven rebounds apiece, Nelson five assists and Hoberecht three steals.

Quevian Adger had 21 and Jakevion Buckley 19 in the loss for TVCC.

The first half featured six ties and seven lead changes, and Kilgore held a slim 34-32 lead at the break before flipping the switch in the second half and turning things into a rout.

The Rangers scored the first eight points of the second half and went on a 15-1 run overall to take command. A back-in layup by Otieno and a triple from Taylor put Kilgore on top by 16 (49-33).

The lead hit 27 when Williams had a 3-pointer and a steal and layup, and TVCC was never able to get the deficit under 18 the rest of the way.

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I've covered sports in East Texas since 1987, starting as a 21-year-old sports editor at the Kilgore News Herald before spending seven years at the Lufkin Daily News and the past 23 years at the Longview News-Journal.