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March 2, 2014

Lady Jaguars claim their share

DACC, Parkland are co-champions in Mid-West Athletic Conference

DANVILLE — When Kayton Cole committed to play for Kyle Bent and the Danville Area Community College women's basketball program she didn't even know if she would be part of a winning team, let alone a conference champion.

But on Saturday afternoon at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, sophomores Kayton Cole, Kamaren Cole and Megan Hiner and the rest of the Lady Jaguars accomplished something that hasn't happened in 16 years at Danville Area Community College.

With a 70-57 victory over John Wood Community College, the Lady Jaguars captured a share of the Mid-West Athletic Conference championship, sharing the title with Parkland, who beat Lincoln College 94-48 on Saturday.

"I didn't even think we were going to have a winning season,'' said Kayton Cole, a redshirt sophomore from New Albany, Ind. "The program was something like 2-24 the year before I came here. I just wanted to try to help this program win some games and develop myself as a player.''

In her three seasons, including a injury redshirt season a year ago, the Lady Jaguars have had three straight 20-win seasons.

"I definitely feel good about coming back for this season and doing something good,'' she said. "This was a reason that I came back.''

Kamaren Cole, a sophomore who has played the past two seasons, pointed out that this is the first-ever Mid-West Athletic Conference title for the women's program.

"We have set the framework for this program and for the great things that are still to happen in this program,'' said Kamaren Cole. "We were not losing this game. We were prepared to fight for this conference title, and we definitely wanted this game more than they did.''

And that was evident as the Lady Jaguars (21-9 overall, 9-1 in the M-WAC) only trailed once — 2-0 after a basket by John Wood's Ashlyn Fore. DACC responded with 10 straight points with Kelsie Ratliff knocking down two of her game-high six 3-pointers.

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