Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Lady Jaguars of Jacksonville College were able to move into third place in the Region XIV standings after outlasting Paris Junior College 54-45 at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse on Tuesday evening.
JC is now 9-7 overall and 2-1 in conference, with only Blinn (15-0, 2-0) and Trinity Valley (14-1, 1-0) ahead of the JC women at this point.
The Lady Dragons dropped to 6-9, 1-2 with the loss and are now tied with Panola for eighth place.
“I think both teams struggled (Tuesday),” JC head coach, Lynn Nabi said. “We led 24-20 at the half and then came out and played some pretty good defense in the second half.
“Paris likes to slow things down and I think that we fell into their trap and played the game at their pace, but we're glad to get the win. I think you could say we played just well enough to win.”
The Lady Jags had several leads of around 10 points, but the Lady Dragons battled back each time to keep things close.
Perhaps Paris' best chance at a win came with about two minutes to go in the game when the Lady Dragons closed the gap to 46-45 but Paris missed at two opportunities to take the lead before a Lady Jag dropped a three-ball in that solidified JC's winning effort.
JC's ability to make free throws down the stretch with the game on the line factored heavily into the final outcome.
The Lady Jags made six-straight shots from the charity mark late in the game, just as they did in the win over Panola College on Saturday.
Susan Agesen led the Lady Jags in scoring with 13 points and Deva'Nyar Workman accounted for 11.
Workman notched her second-straight conference double-double by collaring 11 caroms.
Other offensive leaders for the Lady Jags were Khadijah Carter (nine points) and Jinaki Robinson who added in eight.
Agesen and Carter amassed eight boards apiece.
Kelsei Ewings fired in 15 to spark Paris.
The JC ladies will next take on Angelina College (9-5, 1-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Lufkin.