DANVILLE — The mantra for the DACC women’s basketball team is “Get out, run and do it early” according to their head coach.
Kyle Bent got his wish when the Lady Jaguars took on the Lincoln College Lynx as his squad opened a 15-0 lead in the first five minutes of their game.
Using a tenacious defense that often led to fast breaks on the other end, the Jaguars open the big lead en route to an 87-51 win.
The Lynx finally got on the board with a pair of free throws and it was another minute before they finally scored from the field.
Once they did, however, the visitors began to take advantage of ever-changing lineup used by Bent as their defense got the squad into some foul trouble.
Lincoln started closing the gap and pulled within eight at 26-18 despite 3-pointers from Kayton Cole and Kelsie Ratliff.
Bent said it might have been the foul trouble that let the visitors get closer, but he thought it was the attitude of his team.
“I think we got complacent,” he explained. “It’s hard when your lead grows like that to keep your focus and keep playing hard.”
The remainder of the half saw the teams first trade baskets and then, as the fouls mounted, free throws with neither side able to pull away.
At the half, it was 40-29 in favor of the Lady Jaguars.
Bent did not say what he told his team over the intermission, but as he pointed out, “We came out with more intensity in second half.”
It started with nine quick points to stretch the eleven-point lead to twenty in the span of just over two minutes.
Lincoln tried to make a comeback after that when they found a hot-shooting player in Olivia Chiapetto.
The freshman guard hit back-to-back baskets then two free throws to bring her team within 16, but Brianna Jones and Sierra Honeycutt countered for the Jaguars to restore the margin to 20 at 55-35.
The next half-dozen minutes saw both teams push the ball down court before the other could set their defense.
It resulted in several baskets by each squad, but very little change in the marge.
With about nine minutes left in the game, the Jaguars made a run that put the game completely out of reach.
Ratliff and Brittany Austin began to take turns scoring lay-ups then Cole hit a trey and in two minutes, the margin had reached 28 at 71-43.
The Lynx made a couple of small runs that, but Cole hit another trey to push the lead over 30 points on the way to the final 36-point margin.
“We had five girls in double figures,” said Bent about his offense, “but the girls were not selfish out there at all.”
The latter comment was in reference to the 23 assists made his team on the night compared to their season average he said was only 15.
“When you have that many assists,” he said, “it means not only are you making a lot of baskets, but you are passing up good shots for great shots which is what we want to see.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com