Fresh off what head coach, Leasa Ailshie, labeled as a “confidence building” single-point, 73-72, win over Arkansas Baptist during final-day play of the Tyler Junior College Sleep Inn Classic Saturday afternoon, the Jacksonville College women's basketball team will open a five-game home stand at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening by hosting Hill College's Lady Rebels.
After losing to Weatherford College and to Collin College on Thursday and Friday, the Lady Jags (4-3) closed out play strong in pressing out the narrow victor in their last outing.
Ailshie said that the lessons her club learned in losing by one point to Cisco College a couple of weeks ago in the Panola Classic had a lot to do with her ladies being able to garner the “W” this time around.
“After the loss to Cisco we learned a lot of things and immediately came back to practice and started working on things to make us a better team,” she said. “The difference this time was that we were able to keep out composure late in the game.”
Ailshie went on to say that she feels her team gained more than just the win on Saturday.
“I think we have a lot more confidence in what we're doing now,” Ailshie said.
Susan Agesen, an Edgewood sophomore, tossed in 22 points and hit four triples to spur the Lady Jags onto victory Saturday.
Deva'Nyar workman, a Reading, Pa. sophomore collected 15 points, followed by freshman Cecile Makakala (Stockholm, Sweden) with 11.
JC will have its work cut out tonight, as Hill brings and impressive 8-0 slate into the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
“I've seen Hill beat Blinn (College) this year and they (Hill) are a very good ball team,” Ailshie said. “I plan to change some things around defensively and hopefully we will see good results from that.”
With only four games until the Region XIV opener (Dec. 3, vs. Kilgore in Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m.) Ailshie said the one department that she would like to see her team improve in is in its defense.
“If there was one area that I was disappointed in from this past weekend it was the play of our defense,” she said. “We must get better defensively and that is a big focus of ours now. We want to be able to hold team teams under a certain number of points. I think if we can do that that everything will be fine.”