The Jacksonville Lady Jaguars lost a vital cog in their machine with 10:30 left in the game and it hurt the team in a major way with the game still undecided.
The Lady Jags season ended on Friday afternoon as Blinn sank 10, 3-pointers en route to a 72-65 triumph over the JC ladies in the Region XIV semi-finals at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center.
The game was highlighted with nine ties, and ten lead changes. The final lead change came at the 10:30 mark tied at 49-49, before Lady Jag, Khadijah Carter had her legs taken out on a rebound and banging her head on the Patriot Center hardwood.
After a 15-minute delay, Carter was wheeled off on a stretcher and five-minute warm-up period ensued. Carter was taken to the hospital where all test results were negative.
Although the Lady Jags played tenacious defense, the Buccaneers went on an 11-3 run to gain the largest lead at that time, 62-54. Kalisha Lee later made it a ten-point deficit with a jumper from the corner and a 64-54, Blinn advantage with 6:15 on the clock.
The Blinn Buccaneers sank four of the ten 3-pointers to keep close in the first half, trailing Jacksonville 36-34 at intermission.
Blinn’s, Aarika Reyna came out to make a layup, knock down a trey and Fatima Adams scored a bucket to regain the lead at 41-40, Blinn lead after Carter made the first two baskets of the final half for Jacksonville.
Carter scored six of her 13-points in the opening half. Carter also added a couple of rebounds and made a steal and an assist before her injury ended her season early.
Behind Devanyar Workman scoring 14 of her game-high 18-points as the Lady Jags shot 51-percent from the field in the first half to take the 36-34 lead.
Workman finished the game with a double-double, grabbing ten rebounds, five steals, two assists and one block with her 18-points. Lady Jag, Jasmine Robinson had a strong second half and scored 13-points along with Carter’s 13-points, chipping in with three rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
The Buccaneers started out the second half on a 7-2 run to begin the second half, regaining the lead before six lead changes and four ties made the first ten-minutes of the last half nip-and-tuck.
Then big scare for the Lady Jags came at the 10:30 mark when Carter took a tough rebound and was fouled, forcing a delay tied at 49-49.
Adams led Blinn with 16-points, Jazzmin Parker made three treys and 15-points, while teammates Audrisa Harrison and Reyna added 11 and 10-points respectively for the win.
Jacksonville College ends their season with a 18-13 season ledger.
NOTE: Trinity Valley Community College defeated Blinn, 69-58, on Saturday afternoon to earn the tournament championship and the right to represent Region XIV in the upcoming national tournament in Salina Kansas.