A late comeback attempt by Jacksonville College fell a few points short as Kilgore College was able to hang on and escape Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse with a 64-59 triumph over the JC women on Tuesday evening. The game was the Region XIV opener for both outfits.
In a game that had more ups and downs than a kid on a pogo stick, KC (5-3, 1-0, Region XIV) opened the second half on a major roll and turned a four-point JC lead at the break into a 15-point, 57-42, KC advantage with 5:36 to go in the game. The huge Lady Ranger lead proved to me too high of mountain for the Lady Jags to climb.
“We knew Kilgore would be coming out with a couple of different full-court presses (in the second half) and we let the pressure get to us,” JC head coach Leasa Ailshie said. “We knew what they were doing, but unfortunately, we just couldn't execute well enough to be able to stop it. And at the same time we went on a dry spell; so that combination really hurt us.”
At the time it appeared the Lady Jags could be about ready to let go of the rope, but that didn't happen.
Instead the JC women (6-6, 0-1) closed the game out on a 17-7 run to make a game of it.
“I challenged the team in the past week to give me more effort and they came through with that (Tuesday),” Ailshie said. “I was really proud of the effort and the team fighting until the end.”
The Lady Jags led by as many as 10 points in the first half based on the JC gals going 5-9 from downtown in the first 20 minutes of play.
Cecile Makakala and Deva'Nyar Workman each nailed two triples in the opening segment.
Makakala (17) and Workman (16) also were JC's high scorers on the night, with Workman completing a double-double by snaring 11 rebounds.