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February 23, 2014

Lady Jags stay tied for MWAC lead

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College women’s team got its 20th win of the season on Saturday against Lincoln Land Community College team with a strong second half to get the 64-50 win.

	To start the second half, the Lady Jaguars came out of the locker room with a strong full court press that bothered the Lady Loggers and the Lady Jaguars outscored the Lady Loggers 12-2 in the first five minutes of the second half to push the lead to 40-24.

“I told the girls at halftime if our shots aren’t falling we will have to win this game from the defensive side of it and they responded,” DACC coach Kyle Bent said.

The defensive pressure all game was led by sophomore Kamaren Cole (nine points, nine steals, four assists) and the rest of the Lady Jaguars responded by turning 27 turnovers by the Lady Loggers into 25 points on the day.

“Coach told us we needed to pick up the defensive effort if we was going to win this one and we did that as a team,” Kelsie Ratliff said.

The Lady Jaguars continued to pressure the ball and had a good rotation of players running in and out to wear down the Lady Loggers. The DACC bench scored 13 points (nine from Destiny Parker) in the game and brought good energy on the defensive side of ball to help push the lead to 21 points 52-31 with 9:30 left to play in the game.

“I told them we had to press them and wear them out to get our flow going and they did that and I am proud that they listened and responded,” Bent said.

The first half saw a slowed down game that favored the Lady Loggers for the biggest part of the half but once the Lady Jaguars got the lead at 14-13 with a free throw from center Brianna Jones (15 points, 10 rebounds) around the eight minute mark, they forged ahead and took a 28-22 lead into the locker room.

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