TYLER — Nancy Rembert knocked down two free-throws in the final 16 seconds of the game to give the Lon Morris College Lady Bearcats basketball team a 79-75 win over the Paris Junior College Lady Dragons at Wagstaff Gymnasium on the campus of Tyler Junior College in Tyler Friday night.

The Lady Dragons had multiple chances to try and tie the game with 30 seconds left in the second half, but a missed shot by Faryn Bills and a huge rebound by J’Nay Vann gave the Lady Bearcats possession. Vann passed the ball to Rembert and PJC was forced to foul in an attempt to save time, sending her to the line.

“That was unbelievable,” LMC head coach Rosalyn Floyd said of Rembert’s free-throws. “If anything in Nancy’s game struggles, it’s her shooting from the free-throw line. I have been harping on her forever to work on her free-throw shooting.

“You’ve got a kid that can knock down, jumpers, shoot layups, take you off the dribble and all that, but she shoots 59 percent from the free-throw line. For her to step up there, and make those shots, was unbelievable.”

Rembert, who has been the team leader for the Lady Bearcats throughout the year, stepped up the whole night, in what could have been her final game at LMC. She finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

Rembert’s supporting cast also played well in the second half. Kendrea Walker, a freshman post who typically plays under the basket, finished the first half scoreless, but scored 17 points in the second period, which included three three-point shots.

“She didn’t get the green light (to shoot three-pointers) until tonight,” Floyd said. “My big thing was, if you can’t dribble, you can’t shoot threes.

“We started to practice taking the ball to the hole off the dribble, and she was knocking them down in practice, so I said okay, light’s green now.”

Walker propelled the Lady Bearcats, who trailed the Lady Dragons 36-33 at the half, into the lead with her scoring outburst. No. 5 seed LMC took control of the scoreboard and the game with 10:13 to play in the second period and worked its way to the win over No. 4 seed PJC.

Marissa Stein had a big first half for the Lady Bearcats with 11 points, but was unable to add to her total in the second half. Vann also chipped in with 11 points in the win for LMC.

PJC was led by LaKeisha Jones with 23 points and Shay Runnels with 16 points in the loss. For Lady Dragons head coach Scott Hyland and his team, it was time to say goodbye to his sophomores, but Floyd and the Lady Bearcats will return to Tyler for their matchup against the No. 1 seed Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals at 1 p.m. today.

“We were on spring break this week,” Floyd said. “I told them, you spent a week at school because Tuesday night was the last regular season game, you had to be here, there’s no spring break, you’re not going to get it back, so we might as well play Sunday.

“I said we need to practice tomorrow and we need to be playing Sunday. Lets go.”

Lon Morris College 79,

Paris Junior College 75

LON MORRIS — Nancy Rembert 22, Kendrea Walker 17, J’Nay Vann 11, Marissa Stein 11, Monique Perry 7, Tamra Avant 4, Chandra Allen 4, Misty Hurse 3. Three-point goals: (Walker 3, Stein 3, Perry). Free-throws: 14-21

PARIS — LaKeisha Jones 23, Shay Runnels 16, Krystle Adams 9, Carinee Mitchell 9, Faryn Bills 8, Kristin Ford 4, Brittany Williams 2, Nighjah Marks 2, Shamonica Adams 2. Three-point goals: (Adams 2, Jones 2, Runnels). Free-throws: 22-29

HALFTIME — Paris Junior College 36, Lon Morris College 33

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