Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 17, 2013

Fast start key to Lady Jags' 71-58 win over San Jacinto

Jacksonville Daily Progress

BULLARD — Jacksonville College women's  head basketball coach Lynn Nabi unveiled a new style of play for a familiar old conference foe (San Jacinto) Tuesday night at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.

And the fresh approach worked exceedingly well as the Lady Jaguars were able to notch a 71-58 win over the visiting Gators.

The JC women opened the game with an uptempo, full-court press that appeared to have caught the Gators off guard.

Jacksonville (10-8, 3-2 Region XIV) led 12-7 after the first seven and half minutes of play and then went on a 15-0 run to expand their margin to 27-10 with 8:49 to play in the opening period.

By the time the halftime horn had sounded, the Lady Jags owned a 42-31 lead.

“I think our tempo caught San Jac on its heels a little bit,” Nabi said. “We had scouted San Jac heavily and we knew that in every one of their games they were always in the game late and there have been instances where we have not done well late in games, so I wanted to address those factors.

“In the second half we gutted it up and played man defense and still controlled the pace.”

Jacksonville, who trailed only once in the game (3-2 early in the opening half), established a double-digit lead following a couple of free throws by Susan Agesen that came with 10:33 to play in the first half.

The Lady Jags were able to hold on to that double-digit advantage the rest of the night, as San Jac (6-10, 1-4) could never close the gap substantially.

That was due in part to the superior play in the interior by the Lady Jags' bigs (Khadijah Carter, Agesen and Jasmine Robinson).

The trio accounted for 43 of the JC points, with Carter leading the way with 19 — Agesen and Carter drained 12 each.

Robinson, a sophomore out of Fort Worth, was the big surprise of the night and one that the Gators didn't have an answer for.

She was a perfect 6-of-6 on 2-point tries, with most of those shots coming from the low paint as San Jac focused most of its defensive effort on stopping Carter, one of the conference's leading scorers.

“I thought the play of all of our post players was good,” Nabi said. “A lot of kids did their jobs and played the game the right way.”

Deva'Nyar Workman gave a workman-like effort in scoring eight points and plucking down a game-best 13 rebounds.

Carter wound up with nine boards for the Lady Jags.

The Gators were led in scoring by Julia Jackson who had 15 points.

JC had one of its best shooting nights of the season on Tuesday.

The Lady Jags connected at a 49.1-percent (29-of-59) from the field, while San Jac hit just 20 of its 59 shots, for a shooting percentage of 33.9.

The JC women hit at a sizzling 56.3-percent (18-of-32) during the first 20 minutes of play.

The Lady Jags host Blinn at 2 p.m. Saturday, while San Jac is slated to journey to Kilgore for a 4 p.m. game on the same day.