KILGORE —The Apaches lost their first game of 2013 as they saw their nine-game winning streak halted at Masters Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Tyler Junior College was held to a season low in points as Kilgore College scored a 54-45 win in Region XIV conference play.
In the first game, Kilgore broke out to an early lead and cruised to an 88-58 win over the Apache Ladies.
The Apaches (18-5, 9-4) held KC to 3 of 20 from the 3-point line, but were hampered by eight offensive fouls.
In the grind it out game, Kilgore had just two players — Quinton Upshur with 14 points and Maurice Taylor with 11 — in double figures.
Tyler had just two players in double figures as well — DeAndre Harris with 12 points and Anthony Odunsi with 10. Winslo Barry led TJC with six points and three blocks.
“I thought we shot the ball poorly in the first half,” TJC coach Mike Marquis said. “I thought Kilgore was terrific. They defended well and rebounded well, but I thought we defended and rebounded well. Give credit to Kilgore. They were well prepared.”
The Apaches got within 40-36 with 8:40 to go after scoring seven straight points. However, Kilgore scored nine straight to get some breathing room, 49-36, with just under six minutes to play.
“We got within 40-36, but they hit a couple of big threes,” Marquis said. “We were too perimeter-oriented tonight.
“I told the guys that it hurts to lose tonight, but they shouldn’t hang their heads. Anytime you can win nine straight and eight straight in this league as tough and balanced as is it, you have to be proud.”
Although the Lady Rangers were playing without head coach Roy Thomas, they cruised to the win. Thomas had to sit out the game after being ejected in KC’s 58-47 loss to Blinn on Saturday.
Amanda Lawson led the Lady Rangers (10-7, 5-4) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Also in double figures were Victoria Billingsley (16 points), Gabby Jackson (15), Kiera Phipps (11) and Tanisha Winston (10).
Tyler (10-13, 3-7) was hurt by 31 turnovers.
Bria Emanuel had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Apache Ladies. Sernise Robertson added 13 points and Kim Munoz pitched in 11. Sierra Henry had six boards.
The Lady Rangers had as much as a 36-point lead twice — the last time when Bladine N’Goran hit an inside bucket for an 84-48 advantage with 2:58 remaining in the game.
SMOKE SIGNALS — TJC has a basketball doubleheader in Athens on Saturday against Trinity Valley. The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with the men’s game set for 6 p.m. At halftime of the women’s game, TVCC will dedicate the Cardinal Gym court to former coach Leon “Red” Spencer. ... KC plays at Panola in a DH on Saturday with women starting at 4 p.m. … Other men’s scores Wednesday: Navarro 59, Trinity Valley 51; Bossier City 71, Panola 63; Lamar State 68, Angelina 67; Lee 77, Coastal Bend 59. ... Other women’s scores: Trinity Valley 86, Angelina 60; Paris 58, Jacksonville 54; and San Jacinto 69, Panola 56.
Kilgore 88, Tyler 58
TYLER — Zhane Anderson, 0; Kim Munoz, 11; Sernise Robertson, 13; Blayke Hemmitt, 5; Sierra Henry, 6; Carolina Lopez, 9; Raiosha Preston, 0; Adrienne Phillips, 0; Bria Emanuel, 14.
KILGORE. — Kiera Phipps, 11; Gabby Jackson, 15; Tanisha Winston, 10; Cieara Jimmerson, 4; Victoria Billingsley, 16; Maria Leaks, 2; Amanda Lawson, 22; Bladine N’Goran, 8.
THREE-POINT GOALS — TJC: Hemmitt. KC: Phipps, Jackson (2).
HALFTIME — Kilgore 40-23.
RECORDS — Tyler 10-13 (3-7), Kilgore 10-7 (5-4).
NEXT UP — Tyler at Trinity Valley, 4 p.m. Saturday. Kilgore at Panola, 4 p.m. Saturday.
No. 23 Kilgore 54, Tyler 45
TYLER — Trevor Berkeley, 5; Todd Eaglin, 0; John Alexander, 4; Anthony Odunsi, 10; DeAndre Harris, 12; Sharife Sargeant, 2; Ta’Jon Welcome, 0; Winslo Barry, 6; Dale Jones, 2; Daniel Edozie, 4.
KILGORE — Lonnie McClanahan, 8; Quinton, Upshur, 14; Chinedu Amajoyi, 1; Nardil Bogues, 1; Maurice Taylor, 11; Chris Graceland, 0; Kalif Wright, 9; Matt Gamberoni, 4; Erick Diouf, 4; Michael Eneh, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS — TJC: Berkeley, Harris (2). KC: Upshur, Taylor (2).
HALFTIME — Kilgore 28-20.
RECORDS — Tyler 18-5 (9-4), Kilgore 18-5 (9-4).
NEXT UP — Tyler at Trinity Valley, 6 p.m. Saturday. Kilgore at Panola, 6 p.m. Saturday.