DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College Lady Jaguars' defense was too much for Olney Central College as the Lady Jags won 72-68 in their home opener on Wednesday.
During the first half, Olney was in control of game with good ball movement and led 29-27 at halftime.
After trading baskets in first couple minutes of the second half, Danville took control with a four-minute stretch during the second half of the game with a 15 - 5 run that started with a strong defensive intensity and quick offensive strikes that put Olney on its heels.
“I thought the team played well in the second half and stuck to the game plan to get the victory,” DACC guard Kamaren Cole said.
The defense continued to take its toll on Olney as the Blue Knights had 33 turnovers for the game.
“I thought that it was a great team win and we didn't do everything well but did enough for the win and we will improve from this game,” DACC guard Kayton Cole said.
DACC built up an 11-point lead in the second half and continued to play well.
“The game plan was to put a lot of defensive pressure on them and guard the 3 point shooters because they are very efficient at it,” DACC coach Kyle Bent said. "I thought the defensive change in the second half from a man to man defense to a hybrid zone was a big key in the victory.”
“The defensive pressure from Danville was the key to them not executing as well in the second half and I attribute that to losing the game,” Olney coach Cliff Burris said.
Olney continued to battle and kept it interesting down the stretch but the Lady Jaguars were not seriously threatened.
“I was pleased with the effort in the second half and thought the team came together for the victory,” Bent said.
DACC plays at home again on Tuesday against Vincennes University.