Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 25, 2013

Lady Jaguar Basketball: Ailshie rolls the dice for latest signee

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — In procuring the services of her third signee of the year, Jacksonville College head women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie revealed that she is not afraid to go out on a limb every once and a while.

The latest young lady to sign on with the Lady Jags is Christina Robinson who hails from Gilbert, Ariz.

She stands 5-foot-7 and can play point or shooting guard.

Robinson graduated from Round Rock-McNeil High School in 2010 where she averaged 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.9 assists per game.

Unfortunately those are the last statistics that Robinson has posted, and that's what has made her a bit of a gamble for Ailshie to sign.

Coming out of high school Robinson inked a letter with Blinn College, who like JC is a member of NJCAA Region XIV.

But two-separate knee surgeries, one to each knee over the past two years, prevented Robinson from ever playing for Blinn, although she did attend school there.

“There's no doubt that we are taking a big risk in signing her (Robinson),” Ailshie said. “She has been in contact with me for quite some time, so I finally invited her to come up for a try out and I liked what I saw. Instinctively, I have a good feeling about Christina being able to come in here and help us win games.

“She's a great kid with a big personality who has gained a lot of strength since high school. She's aggressive and a very good penetrator and I feel like those are two qualities players need to have to play in our league.”

Ailshie said that she will turning her attention to the overseas market now and that she hopes to  sign a couple of international players for next year's team within the next two weeks.

Robinson joins newcomers Bria Freeland and Jamie Lamb, plus holdovers, Susan Ageson, Yvonne Maosa, Allison Moore and Deva'Nyar Workman as Lady Jags that have been tabbed for duty in the 2013-14 season, which will be Ailshie's first as head coach.