Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
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.
KC would not go away without a battle to the end, closing the lead to one-point on two occasions in the final four-minutes of the game, after Alexis Hill made a basket, and Macy De’Gruy busted a trey with 1:24 left to make it a 47-46, JC advantage.
Maosa went 1-2 to up the JC lead at the 1:15 mark for the two-point advantage.
Lady Ranger, Sha Williams made a last second shot in the lane that fell short to avoid overtime.
Lady Jag, Workman of Reading, PA., led the team hitting a game-high, 17-points, adding 12 rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks. Adding to the JC win was Maosa with 16-points, eight rebounds and one block.
“Dev (Workman) has played well for us all year,” Ailshie said. “We also got good efforts from Yvonne (Maosa) and Susan (Agesen).
“Christina Robinson also did a good job for us in moving the ball around well.”
KC (9-8; 3-5), will travel to play San Jacinto Community College in another league matchup on Saturday, at 4 p.m. Lady Rangers defeated the Dragons earlier this season on Jan. 8, 81-59.
Jacksonville (10-8; 4-3), will host Tyler Junior College (16-3, 5-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“We'll have go go back and watch a lot of film and really prepare well for Tyler,” Ailshie said. “Tyler is incredibly talented and it will be a real challenge for us.”
Jacksonville College 48, Kilgore College 46
JACKSONVILLE – Devanyar Workman, 17; Yvonne Maosa, 16; Susan Agesen, 9; Christina Robinson, 3; Allison Moore, 3. TOTAL – 48 (18-48-37.5% FG; 3-12-25.0% 3-point; 9-13-69.2% FT)
KILGORE – Sha’Georgia Williams, 12; Imabong Akpan, 2; Danesha Richardson, 9; Macy De’Gruy, 3; Alexis Hill, 6; Pre’Franz Dominick, 4; Da’Moneyca Spivey, 8; Harlie Greer, 2. TOTAL – 46. (17-49-34.7%; 3-12-30.0% 3-point; 9-17-52.9%).
HALFTIME SCORE – Jacksonville 29, Kilgore 19
THREE-POINT GOALS – Jacksonville College 10-8, 4-3. Kilgore College 9-8; 3-5.
NEXT UP – Tyler at Jacksonville, 2 p.m. Saturday.
NOTE: Jay Neal also contributed to this story.