“At halftime, we made an adjustment and I challenged our big kids a little bit. We did better against Wascher, but it was too little, too late.’’
It’s the second straight year for the Jaguars to reach the NJCAA Division II Region 24 semifinals. A year ago, they lost a heartbreaking game to Illinois Central College.
“It’s great to get here against, but I would like to win one of these semifinal games and play for the title,’’ Bent said. “I’m really pleased with our effort, especially with Megan (Hiner) going down here late in the season.
“Our kids continued to play hard and they were able to win a share of the conference title. Now, we just need to take the next step as a program in the Region Tournament.’’
Hiner, who injured her knee against Parkland, started in 22 of 23 games at the time of her injury and she was averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Jaguars. She wasn’t on the bench Saturday as she had successful surgery on Friday.
Not only does Bent lose Hiner, but he also loses the dynamic duo of Kayton Cole and Kamaren Cole. The sisters, separate by a year in age, not helped the Jaguars to a share of the Mid-West Athletic Conference title this season, but they have had big roles during DACC’s three straight 20-win seasons.
“Unless Southern Indiana has another pair of sisters, I don’t know if we will be able to replace them,’’ Bent said of the duo from New Albany, Ind. “They have a unique athleticism and a unique skill set. I give a lot of credit to Kayton (a redshirt sophomore). She came to us after we were 3-26 and she took a leap of faith on me and the program. She has been a integral part of our success.’’