Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 23, 2012

JC basketball: Lady Jaguars learn timely lesson in Oklahoma

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

WILBURTON, Okla. — Jacksonville College head women's basketball coach, Lynn Nabi, said that his team received a priceless lesson during its scrimmage last Saturday at C. C. Dunlap Fieldhouse on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State University.

“I think that we made a critical mistake right before the half in our game/clock management,” Nabi said. “I hope that we can learn from this and carry this lesson with us throughout the season.

The Lady Jaguars lost one segment (by just a single point) of the scrimmage against Eastern Oklahoma, won a period by five points and tied the remaining stanza.

“We were up two (points) with 17 seconds to go in the half and we put a shot up instead of just holding on to the ball and going in with the lead,” Nabi said. “We have to improve our game-management skills and play smarter basketball before we get into the game that count.”

Another area that Nabi will be looking for improvement in is in the turnover department.

“We had 24 turnovers against Eastern and that's just way too many,” he said.

According to Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach, Leasa Ailshie, one of her team's freshmen really gave a good account in the most recent dress rehearsal.

“Susan Agesen, our 5-foot-10 post from Edgewood led us in scoring with 26 points and also had eight rebounds,” Ailshie said. “She's been a real surprise and has played well this fall.”

Jasmine Robinson, a sophomore from Fort Worth and Parade All-American Khadijah Carter, a first-year talent from Goodrich, Texas, also had memorable games, according to Ailshie.

Robinson scored 16 points and came down with eight boards,while Carter poured in 14 points and accounted for seven rebounds.

“These three really played good,” Nabi said.

   Final scrimmage set for this weekend

The JC ladies will have only one more opportunity to get things dialed in properly before opening the regular season on Nov. 2 against Southern-Shreveport in the Panola College Classic.

The Lady Jags will travel to Hawkins on Saturday to take on what Nabi expects to be a seasoned Jarvis Christian team that is a member of the Red River Valley Conference (NAIA).

“That's why we scrimmage good teams on the road,” Nabi, who has led the Lady Jags to two trips to the NJCAA Region XIV semi-finals while being named Coach of the Year, twice, said. “We want to see how our girls react when they are under pressure and we will be facing a veteran team in Jarvis Christian that will pit our freshman and sophomores up against their juniors and seniors, so you never know what will happen.

“She (coach Elissia Burwell) really does a good job with the Jarvis Christian women and they will be ready to get after us.”

Ailshie said that she is still looking for the best combinations of talent to put on the deck and that the Lady Jags are still without a starting five at this point, which should give all of the players that see action an opportunity to put their best foot forward, with much riding on the outcome.