Jacksonville College women's basketball coach, Lynn Nabi, used a somewhat unusual, but a most fitting, choice of words in describing his team's 66-56 win over Tyler Junior College Saturday afternoon at Wagstaff Gymnasium in Tyler.
“This was a piggy-back win for us,” Nabi explained. “We were coming off a big win at home over Angelina on Thursday and I think our ladies fed off of the momentum that they established on Thursday here (Saturday).
“Our kids seemed to have played with a lot of confidence and determination. They played scrappy and never backed down when Tyler tried to come back on us a couple of times.”
The game was close throughout, with JC owning a 30-25 lead after 20 minutes of play.
JC's ability to significantly out rebound the Apache Ladies (10-12, 3-6 Region XIV) while forcing TJC to turn the ball over 25 times enabled the Lady Jags to come away with the victory.
JC had several impactful performers.
Khadijah Carter, a freshman from Goodrich tossed in 20 points to and had six rebounds.
Reading, Penn.-sophomore Deva'Nyar Workman logged a rare triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists).
“Workman really had a big game for us,” Nabi said.
Chelsea Rogers, a sophomore from Ruston, La. wound up with 10 points and hauled in six caroms.
Completing the scoring for the JC women was Jasmine Robinson (9), Susan Agesen (7) and Jinaki Robinson (4).
JC did a masterful job defensively against TJC's Sernise Robertson,who came into the game Saturday off of back-to-back games where she poured in at least 30 points — the Lady Jags held Robertson to just 16 points.
Robertson was the high scorer for the Apache Ladies.
JC (12-10, 5-4) is currently in fifth place in the conference standings.
The Lady Jags will journey up to Paris for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday.
The Lady Dragons are 6-15, 1-8.
“We did what we had to do to win (against Tyler),” Nabi said. “I'm starting to feel good about a lot of the things that we are doing.”