Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 11, 2013

Jacksonville College women battered foes in Eastern Okla. Tourney

Maosa, Workman and Abboud help lead team to hot start

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



Jacksonville College head women's basketball coach, Leasa Ailshie, desired for her Lady Jaguar team to turn up its intensity last weekend in the Eastern Oklahoma Tournament in Wilburton, Okla.

That's because Ailshie, the 26-year-old first-year head coach at JC, is from nearby Claremore, Okla. and she had invited family and friends to come to the games to see her team play.

The Lady Jags didn't let their coach down.

On Friday, the Lady Jags bullied host Eastern Oklahoma, coached by former JC assistant Amber Taylor, 80-65, and then capped things off the next day by slaughtering the Oklahoma Baptist JV squad, 102-42.

The JC ladies are now 3-1 on the year and are one point away from being undefeated.

Yvonne Maosa led JC in scoring (24) and in rebounding (11) in the win over Eastern. She also went 6-of-8 from the free throw stripe.

“Yvonne really stepped up as a corner post player,” Ailshie said. “She got some good rebounds at critical points and really (instigated) just about everything good that we did in the game. It was exciting to see her step her game up to that level against a good Eastern Oklahoma team.”

Another returnee, Deva'Nyar Workman, popped in 18 points to go along with six caroms and Shahd Abboud, a freshman from Israel, ended up with 15 points.

“Shahd hit several really good threes and I think having a game like this really gave her some confidence,” Ailshie said.

The game went back-and-forth for much of the afternoon until JC used its height advantage to take control down the stretch to corral the win.

On Saturday, the Lady Jags had their first laugher of the year in trouncing the OBU understudies.

“The good part about a game like that is everyone got to play and they got a lot of minutes and it gave everyone a chance to show what they could do,” Ailshie said.

Libia Carmona and Christina Robinson fired in 15 points apiece for the Lady Jags — Carmona also had a team-high 15 rebounds.

Allison Moore dropped in 14 points to compliment her five assists, while Workman pitched in 13 points and came down with seven boards.

“I was proud of the ways the girls played this past weekend,” Ailshie said. “I think that we are slowly getting better with each game.”

The Lady Jags return to the court at 2 p.m.Thursday by taking on Weatherford College at Tyler Junior College's Wagstaff Fieldhouse.