Lon Morris College pitted its strong inside game against Jacksonville College’s impressive long-ball aces in the two local colleges’ second meeting of the year Wednesday night at JC’s Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
The Lady Bearcats’ inside terrors — Brenda Adhaimbo and Whitney Wilson — teamed up to score 32 points while pulling down 22 rebounds (Adhiambo led the way with 19 points and a dozen boards) to lead LMC (15-13, 9-8) to a 67-62 win over the Lady Jaguars (12-15, 3-14).
JC started the game strong, needing just 2:45 to go up 5-0 on LMC, following a 3-pointer from the right wing by Amanda Mangan.
The shot was a historic one, as Mangan become JC’s single-season leader in triples (75) —she added three more before the night was over to finish with 12 points.
The Lady Jags led by as many as eight points, 16-8, in the first half, but Adhiambo found her groove in the last three minutes of the half, when she pumped in nine points that enabled the Lady ‘Cats to take a 30-28 lead at intermission.
A Tatiana Haynes layup off an LMC turnover at the 17:44 mark of the final half put the home team in front 33-32, but it would be the last time JC would lead in the contest as the Lady ‘Cats moved back in front 36 ticks later when Adhiambo made an old fashioned three point play that made the score 35-33 in favor of head coach Brenita William’s green gang.
Haynes put on a show for JC fans (and the four-year college coaches that were in attendance) by leading all players with 31 points — she also came up with 10 caroms while going 4-of-8 from three-point land and 7-of-8 from the charity line.
Ahead by three around with about 10 minutes left in the game, LMC orchestrated a 6-0 run on baskets by Adhiambo, Lexus Mack and Whitley Kizzie to move ahead 53-44.
JC could get no closer than six afterwards with the Lady ‘Cats advancing their lead to as many as 11 points when Adhiambo delivered the kill shot on a layup off the left side with 4:01 left in the game that stretched LMC’s edge to 58-47.
After hitting 5-of-13 triples in the opening half, LMC’s defensive adjustments in the second half resulted in the Lady Jags going just 3-of-8 from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes.
“Lon Morris did some things differently in the second half on defense that took some of the threes away from us,” JC head coach Lynn Nabi said. “They (LMC) have a good team, they are scoring a lot of points now and I think that that has given them more confidence overall.”