Oh the sweet feeling of revenge.
In edging Kilgore College 48-46 at Master's Gymnasium in Kilgore Wednesday evening, the Jacksonville College womens basketball team was able to avenge a 64-59 loss to the Lady Rangers back on Dec. 3, 2013 in Jacksonville.
JC head coach Leasa Ailshile didn't beat around the bush when admitting revenge was on the minds of the Lady Jags.
“We felt like they (Kilgore) stole one from us the first time that we played and our girls have been sick about that ever since,” Ailshie said. “We were determined to settle things with Kilgore and our team was able to maintain its intensity and was able to get the job done.”
After trailing by 10-points at the half, the Lady Rangers fought back to make it a two-point game in the next nine-minutes, playing into an exciting finale. JC got 10-points apiece from Devanyar Workman and Yvonne Maosa in the first half to hold a 29-19, halftime advantage.
Kilgore closed the gap with a four-point run to open the second half before Maosa made it a 31-23, Lady Jag lead. The Lady Rangers stayed within striking distance swapping out basket with JC midway through the final period and chipping away with an intense defensive effort.
Kilgore’s, Da’Moneyca Spivey nailed a 3-pointer at the 12:00 mark for a 35-30 contest. The Lady Jags however came back to life and outscored Kilgore, followed by a Sha’Georgia Williams 3-pointer made it a 38-35, Kilgore deficit. Williams canned one charity toss to take it back to a two-point game, 38-36, with 9:19 remaining.
Williams then made it a 38-38 tie before the Lady Jags put together a run to stretch the score back to a five-point run on a bucket by Maosa, and an old-fashioned 3-point play from Workman to make it a 43-38, cushion for the Lady Jags.