" Kelsie may be one of the best shooters that I've had here in four years,'' Bent said. "She took a couple of questionable 3s, making one and missing one, but shooters shoot and she needs to keep pulling the trigger for us.''
Kayton Cole admitted the team is always telling Ratliff to shoot the ball.
"Even if she misses, we just need to get her into a rhythm and then she will get her confidence going,'' Kayton Cole said. "When that happens, everyone on the team will have confidence and we will get things rolling.''
The Lady Jaguars had their confidence tested during this conference title run.
Hiner, who was averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds a game, was injured in the team's only conference loss — 91-77 at Parkland. Bent admitted that her absence was definitely felt by the Lady Jaguars, especially by the seven freshmen, who looked up to Hiner.
"That's where Kayton and Kamaren really stepped up,'' Bent said. "They have both been through that before and they just took over. They rallied the team and Megan is still very involved with this team. She is at every practice and she's like a coach on the bench.''
Kamaren Cole admitted the loss of Hiner was an eye-opener.
"It was hard because we have a bunch of young players,'' she said. "When we got them calmed down and made them realize that it would okay, we became closer as a team. We just relied on each other and had faith in each other.
"Things are not always easy, you are going to face adversity. We came back even stronger.''
The Lady Jaguars secured its fourth straight victory with defense. The Trail Blazers committed 27 turnovers, leading directly to 21 points for the Lady Jaguars.
"We wanted to mix it up early, but we got into some foul trouble,'' Bent said. "So we just stuck with the zone, the kids bought into the game plan and they executed it.''