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.
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