Jacksonville College head women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie said a couple of hours before her team boarded the bus for its game at Angelina College Wednesday evening that she was somewhat concerned with what to expect from the Lady Jaguars, after her club went through a very dull and flat practice on Tuesday.
Turns out Ailshie had absolutely nothing to fret over as the JC ladies crushed Angelina, 72-57, in a Region XIV game that was played at Shands Gymnasium.
The Lady Jags (12-10, 6-5 Region XIV) remained in fifth place in the loop standings after the win while dropping the Lady Runners to 8-14, 4-6.
“I would like to see our realize its full potential,” Ailshie said. “We can be even better than we have been and I hope the team realizes that.”
JC recorded a nice first half effort that saw the Lady Jags take a 33-22 advantage into the locker room at the break.
The Lady Jags' trio of interior players — Deva'Nyar Workman, Yvonne Maosa and Susan Agesen — proved to be nearly unstoppable for the Lady Runners on Wednesday.
Workman led all players with 20 points and supplied six rebounds while Maosa tallied 14 points to compliment her 10 rebounds.
“Deva'Nyar continues to be one of the scoring leaders in the conference and Yvonne has really developed into a solid all-around player that can not only battle for the rebounds, but can score, too,” Ailshie said.
Agesen knocked in 12 and had three boards.
Shahd Abboud also gave a quality effort in pouring in eight points and shagging three rebounds in 12:00 minutes of play coming in off of the bench.
The Lady Jags shot 40.7-percent (22-54) from the field while limiting the Lady Runners ended the night at 26.9 —percent (18-67) on field goal tries.
Angelina was led in scoring by Yosha Watson with 16.
The JC women will return to the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse for a 2 p.m. Game Saturday against Blinn College (19-4, 9-2). A men's game between the two schools will be held at 4 p.m.
The Jags (7-16, 2-11) lost to San Jacinto, 101-80, on Wednesday in Houston.
With Bossier Parish's 70-69 upset over Panola, the JC men and Coastal Bend are the two teams in the conference with the fewest number of league wins and are in the most danger of not qualifying for the post season tournament.