Fans were treated to seeing a couple of Region XIV's top players, Khadijah Carter of Jacksonville College and Blinn's Audrisa Harrison hoop it up in this one.
Both women came into the game ranking in the top four in the league in both scoring and rebounding, and both but on a show in the matinee affair.
Carter topped out with a game-high 28 points and 15 rebounds, while Harrison scored 24 points and tallied a game-best 19 boards.
JC took the lead after a Carter bucket from the lane that came with 5:31 to go in the first half that made the score 20-18 in favor of the JC ladies.
JC, who led 27-23 at the break, maintained their advantage until a Tierra Tucker deuce from the paint put Blinn in front 50-49 with 1:57 to go in regulation.
Blinn stayed in front until a Carter three ball from the corner, Carter's only attempt of the day from outside the arc, found its way through the rim to tie things up at 54 with nine seconds left in regulation.
Jinaki Robinson was credited with the assist on the play.
Blinn's Jazzmin Parker launched a baseline jumper from the left side at attempt to win the game in regulation for the Lady Bucs, but the shot was off its mark.
JC missed its first two shots in the first 90 seconds of the bonus period as the Lady Jags failed at getting the ball to Carter in the critical situations.
“We made some bad decisions late,” Nabi said. “The play I had called had the ball going to the post and we couldn't execute that.”
Blinn then went to work and got back-to-back baskets from Harrison to go ahead 58-54 with 1:28 to go in the extra session.
After the Lady Bucs added a couple of free throws to go up by six, JC finally broke through with a bucket from Jasmine Robinson with just under two seconds to go in the extra segment.
Those points turned out to be JC's only ones in overtime.
Deva'Nyar Workman added 12 points and nine boards for the Lady Jags, before fouling out late in the second half.
Parker ended up with 15 points for the winners.
JC led 27-23 at halftime after outscoring Blinn 20-8 in the paint in the first 20 minutes of action.
“Defensively we played good early on, I thought,” Nabi said. “As it got later in the game we didn't play as well on offense and that hurt us in the late stages.”
JC held Blinn to exactly 20 points below the Lady Bucs' scoring average per game and that is something that Nabi seemed encouraged about.
“We didn't let Blinn, a top-10 team, come in her and score at will on us,” he said. “If we can continue to play at this level we will win our share of games in this league and hopefully our kids will gain some confidence by the effort they gave, particularity on defense, against a strong Blinn team.”
The Lady Jags are scheduled to travel to Trinity Valley Community College (18-1, 5-0) tonight.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
- Local Sports
McCown on track to start for Chicago Monday vs. Dallas
Josh McCown took reps with the first string offense on Thursday as the Chicago Bears said that starting quarterback Jay Cutler will not be available for duty on Monday night when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys at 7:30 p.m.local time.
- Prep Basketball Roundup: Rusk girls top 5-A Tyler Lee 54-50
NJCAA Golf: Shattuck's Highlanders move up to No. 3 in nation
The McLennan Community College men's golf team moved up two spots to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Division I Men's Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll.
TAPPS Soccer: Brook Hill teams post easy wins in season openers
Soccer squads from The Brook Hill School successfully opened their new campaigns by ginning wins over Grace Community School and All Saints, respectively, Monday evening.
No. 3 Kilgore takes JC as latest victim
Kilgore College's twin terrors — Jamarcus Weatherspoon and Stefan Moody — victimized Jacksonville College for a total of 45 points (61% of KC's total points), 34 of which came in the decisive second half, as the Rangers scored a 76-54 win over the Jaguars before an estimated crowd of 400 at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
Valiant Lady Jaguar comeback try falls short
A late comeback attempt by Jacksonville College fell a few points short as Kilgore College was able to hang on and escape Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse with a 64-59 triumph over the JC women on Tuesday evening. The game was the Region XIV opener for both outfits.
In a game that had more ups and downs than a kid on a pogo stick, KC (5-3, 1-0, Region XIV) opened the second half on a major roll and turned a four-point JC lead at the break into a 15-point, 57-42, KC advantage with 5:36 to go in the game. The huge Lady Ranger lead proved to me too high of mountain for the Lady Jags to climb.
Saurez dumps in 24 points in Lady Hornet's 32-31 win
Tanya Saurez poured in a season-high 24 points which proved to be enough to propel the New Summerfield Lady Hornets to a 32-31 win over Beckville Tuesday night at Hornet Gymnasium.
Big second half effort sends REL past Indians
Not too often would a basketball player with four-points play. Much less make a run for the game MVP.
The Jacksonville Indians found out the hard way that points means good basketball, however it was Tyler-Lee’s, Caleb Johnston proved that it’s the little things to win games.
The Robert E. Lee Red Raiders got a strong, 20-points from Rico Major and converted 15 of 22 free throws in the second half to lead to a 58-49, win over the Indians on Tuesday night at the REL Varsity Gymnasium.
Boys Hoops: Brook Hill to host Tommy Young Classic
Boys basketball teams from nearby Bullard, Troup and Grace Community School will join the Guard of Brook Hill for the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Basketball Classic, which is slated to run Thursday through Saturday at Brook Hill's Herrington Gymnasium.
JMS Braves win 3-of-4 against Whitehouse
Teams from Jacksonville Middle School won three of four games from host Whitehouse on Monday night.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- McCown on track to start for Chicago Monday vs. Dallas