By: Willliam Pauldo, Antonio Garay and Adam Waldorf, Collegian Staff
On March 5th the Lady Jaguars hosted Spartanburg Methodist College Pioneers in the District J Championship game. The Lady Jaguars started the game strong scoring ten points within the very first two minutes of the game.
The game was a hotly contested match with both sides playing their hardest. Pioneers coach Melissa Baker received a warning and requested the names of every referree from officials at the game after disagreeing with several of their calls. By halftime Ry’van Buchanan, Crystal Chaney, and Brittany Logan had each scored eight points for the Jaguars, and the overall score for the game was 51-24 with the Lady Jaguars comfortably in the lead. During the second half of the game the Pioneers came back and made a harder push, scoring another 24 points. However the Lady Jaguars maintained their lead and finished the game with a commanding 99-48 win.
After the game the Lady Jaguars were all smiles. When asked what made the difference in this game, all the ladies were in agreement that it was teamwork and practice that made the difference.
“I think we work hard as a team collectively and we won.” said freshman Jamesha Willis.
Practice also played a key role as well according to sophomore player Ry’van Buchanan, “Practice has been intense. It’s a blessing though.”
Georgia Perimeter College’s President, Anthony Tricoli was also on hand to see the Lady Jaguars hard-earned win, “I’m very proud of our Lady Jaguars. I wish them the best of luck in Kansas. They’re already winners in our eyes.”
Perhaps proudest of all was the Lady Jaguars coach and Region Coach of the Year, James Waldon.
“It feels good. If you think about where we were last year.”
The Lady Jaguars lost in the semifinals during the 2009-2010 season, a stark contrast to their current winning streak. Coach Waldon has led the women through their incredible undefeated season and is the architect behind their 27-5 record. The next step is Kansas where the Lady Jaguars will be facing their next match in the tournament.