By Jay Neal
TYLER — Weatherford College's Lady Coyotes held onto their No. 5 ranking for at least another day by canning 3-of-4 free throws in the final 24 seconds of play to turn back upset minded Jacksonville College 94-91 on Thursday afternoon at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on the Tyler Junior College campus.
The game was a part of the Sleep Inn Classic.
Double-digit runs by both clubs were the norm in this one.
With the Lady Jags (1-3) in front 81-73 with 8:10 to go in the game, the Lady Coyotes (3-0) ripped off a 13-0 scoring outburst to move in front by five points, 86-81, with 3:04 showing on the scoreboard.
The JC women gave a valiant effort and responded by knotting the game up at 88 after an old fashioned three-point play by Yvonne Maosa with 1:48 left to play.
WC then took the lead for good when Cleyder Blanco drained a deuce down low and was fouled by Susan Ageson while shooting.
Blanco sank the free throw that put WC up 91-88 with 70 ticks left on the clock.
The Lady Jags tried hard to cut into the Lady Coyote lead but were unsuccessful the rest of the way.
Ageson made a shot in the closing seconds to cut the Lady Coyotes' final margin of victory to a mere three points.
JC led 48-44 at halftime.
The Lady Jags forced the Lady Coyotes to tun the ball over 19 times in the first half.
By comparison, the Lady Jags committed just 10 mistakes in the first 20 minutes of play.
Tyler Lee graduate Bre Brooks, WC's freshman point guard, celebrated a successful return to the Rose City by leading all players in scoring with 34 points.
High scorer for JC was Khadijah Carter with 24.
Ageson, who went 5-of-7 from the field in the second half, added 16, followed by Maosa with 14 and Kalyn Shorter who drained 11.
Carter, Ageson and Maosa are all freshmen.
The JC ladies were scheduled to take on Collin College at 2 p.m. this afternoon before wrapping up play in the three-day event with a game against Odessa College at 11 a.m. Saturday.