It was somewhat of a rosy day at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse on Saturday as the Lady Jaguars of Jacksonville College whacked the Rose City ladies (a.k.a. Tyler Junior College), 80-67, in the final regular-season game for both clubs.
In ceremonies held at mid-court moments prior to tip-off, JC head women's basketball coach Lynn Nabi presented each of the team's five sophomores (Kalyn Shorter, Chelsea Rogers, Jasmine Robinson, Breanna Burford and Jinaki Robinson) with a plaque to commemorate theirs days as a Lady Jaguar, along with a long-stem red rose for their mother and/or grandmothers.
JC (17-13, 9-7) dominated TJC (11-18, 4-12) on this day, with the JC women leading from start to finish except for one point inside the first minute of the game where the scored was knotted, 3-3.
JC led 35-29 at the break, after TJC closed the first half on a 7-0 run.
With TJC still within striking distance, the Lady Jags took the Apache Ladies out of their misery by going on a 10-0 run that made the score 69-54 with 5:53 to play in the game.
JC was able to keep a double-digit lead the rest of the way from that point forward.
Khadijah Carter led JC in scoring with 25 points and Deva'Nyar Workman collected a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds).
Jasmine Robinson struck for 11 points, followed by Shorter and Rogers who netted seven apiece.
Shemise Robertson had a huge game for TJC.
The freshman guard pumped in a game-high 30 points on 7-11 shooting from behind the arc.
Lady Jags' good fortunes continued
With Kilgore College upsetting Angelina College. 53-50, a couple of hours after the Lady Jags' game had gone final, the Lady Jags and the Lady Runners ended up being tied for third place in the Region XIV standings.
After all the tie breakers had been applied, the teams were still deadlocked, with a coin flip being the determining factor to see who be the No.3 and who would have to take the No. 4 slot in this week's Region XIV Championship Tournament.
Nabi was forced to meet Angelina head coach Byron Coleman at the Shell/Whataburger Truck Stop in Mount Enterprise for the coin flip.
Nabi brought along what turned out to be his lucky 50-cent piece and won the toss, which was made by a cashier at the truck stop, by calling heads.
So, that's the story on how the Lady Jags became the No. 3 seed, which means that JC would not face Trinity Valley, the nation's top-ranked team, until the tournament finals.
The JC ladies will open play in the tournament at 8 p.m. (UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center) Wednesday night when they take on No. 6 seed Kilgore.
Jaguars fall to San Jac in finale; get 1st-round bye into tourney
The JC men gave a good account, but came up a mere four points short, as San Jacinto (22-7, 13-5) earned the South Zone title by beating the Jags, 99-95, in Pasadena Saturday night.
“The boys played good,” JC head coach Jody Bailey said,”But it just wasn't good enough.”
JC (22-5, 13-5) will go into the tournament as the No. 4 seed and will get a first-round pass.
The Jags will first see action at 3 p.m. Thursday when they play the winner of the opening round game between No. 5 Lee College and No. 12 Blinn College.
The tourney opens on Wednesday, with championship games to be decided on Saturday.