Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 11, 2012

Languid first half by Lady Jags leads to Kilgore win

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

KILGORE — Hopefully the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars learned a thing or two about life in the Texas Eastern Conference on Saturday.

The Lady Jags got off to very pedestrian start in their Region XIV opener against the Lady Rangers from Kilgore College with KC forging out a 72-60 victory over JC.

The Lady Rangers (5-2, 1-0 in Region XIV) went on a 16-1 run early in the game and moved in front 24-5 with 10:49 to play in the first half as the Lady Jags (6-7, 0-1) struggled to get on track from the start.

As a result, KC was able to take a 42-23 lead into the locker room at the break.

“I thought we came out on our heels and lacked aggressiveness in the first half,” JC head coach Lynn Nabi said. “It's frustrating because we worked so hard in practice all week preparing for Kilgore and they did exactly what we expected them to do.

“It's like I told our ladies. When you play in the Texas Eastern Conference you have to be ready to play when the first whistle blows. The competition is just too good and every possession is meaningful.”

The second half was a different story as the JC women came out a different squad after digesting Nabi's halftime speech.

“I told them the most important thing for us to do in the second half was to be aggressive,” Nabi said.

The Lady Jags steadily chipped away at the large KC advantage and got the lead down to 10 points, 67-57, when Jinaki Robinson swished a wide-open trey from straight away with 1:34 to play in the game.

JC forced the Lady Rangers to turn the ball over 16 times in the final 20-minute segment after KC committee just five turnovers in the first half.

Khadijah Carter led JC in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Susan Agesen dumped in 10.

Allison Moore added nine, followed by Robinson with eight.

KC's Amanda Lawson finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.

Lawson is the third-leading scorer in the conference, averaging 15.6 points a night.

The Lady Jags will now focus on end-of-semester exams and will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2013 when the Shreveport Sting travel team comes to town.