All things considered, it was a good start to the 2013-14 campaign for the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars as the team stuffed Southern (La.)-Shreveport 74-60 Friday night and then fell, 61-60, Saturday afternoon to Cisco College. Both contests came in the season-opening Panola Classic.
JC played with just seven players (coach's decision) this past weekend, but the team is expected to be at full strength this weekend when the Lady Jags take on Eastern Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Baptist JV team in the Eastern Oklahoma Mountaineer Classic (Wilburton, Okla.).
Eastern is coached by former JC women's assistant Amber Taylor.
Susan Agesen (Edgewater, Texas) sparked the Lady Jags in the win Friday by scoring a team-high 21 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
A pair of JC freshmen, Jamie Lamb (Round Rock, Texas) and Libia Carmona (Santa Domingo, DR) chalked up double-doubles in their first game as Lady Jags.
Carmona had 12 points and a dozen caroms while Lamb tossed in 10 and shagged 12 boards.
“Even though we were not able to run as much as we normally do due to depth issues, we still did a good job of sticking to our game plan,” head coach Leasa Ailshie, who notched her first-career coaching win in the contest, said.
The JC ladies hit 18-of-20 from the free throw line in the game.
Agesen, a sophomore, and Lamb answered the bell in the loss to the Lady Wranglers as Agesen poured in 17 points to go along with 10 boards and Lamb added 16 points and nine caroms. Carmona had nine points and nine rebounds.
“We didn't do a very good job of executing our offense,” Ailshie said. “Cisco threw some different things at us defensively that we had difficulty adjusting to and in the end we ran out of juice.”
Ailshie said the upside to playing short handed was that it gave some of the other players a chance to step up and showcase their talents.
One of those young ladies, Lamb, made the most of her opportunity.
“Jamie Lamb really opened my eyes to what she can do,” Ailshie said. “She was very consistent in our first-two games. She dove for every loose ball and did everything that we asked of her and was a real spark for the team.”
Sounds like Lady Jag fans can expect to see a lot more of this 5-foot-8 Central Texas powder keg.