Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 7, 2013

Lady Jaguars get defensive in rout of Kilgore

No. 2 Blinn awaits Friday

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

TYLER — The Lady Jags (18-13) held Kilgore (11-12) to 29.8% (17-57) from the field as JC coasted to a 57-42 victory.

The win advances the Lady Jags, the tourney's three seed, into a semi-final matchup against No. 2 Blinn at 3 p.m. Friday.

Blinn stopped Paris Junior College 69-55 Wednesday in it's quarter-final affair.

The JC victory could have been much more one-sided had Lady Jag head coach Lynn Nabi not pulled several starters out of the game midway of the final segment.

"With Blinn up next, I thought it was important to get as many of our starters as I could a little extra rest," Nabi said. "We played everyone that dressed out and were able to keep our key players fresh and still win big."

With the game tied, 7-7, with 13 minutes to go in the first half half JC went on 16-4 run to go up by double digits, which was the beginning to the end for the Lady Rangers.

The Lady Jags led 30-17 at the break, with Kilgore only able to pull to within 10, 30-20, in the early stages of the final segment.

At that point the Lady Jags went on another big (14-4) run that put away Kilgore once and for all.

Khadijah Carter led JC in scoring with 14 points, while reserve Kalyn Shorter added 11.

Kilgore's Amanda Lawson led all players with 23 points.