The Lady Jegos had a tough weekend in Texas at the Odessa Classic.
"We played 3 top NJCAA Division I teams, and we played well" Coach Gonzales stated about the moral victories for his team. "We lost all three, but the way we held our own showed strong glimpses of what the future for this program has to offer".
In the first match up against #15 South Plains, the Jegos had a slow start, only scoring 17 points in the 1st half. Once the nerves were gone, the Jegos turned up the defense and ofense, out scoring the Lady Texans 42-35 in the second half; it just was not enough to get them the victory as they fell short 59-75. Samantha Nunez led all scorers with 19 points, connecting on six of her 10 attempts and was 3-for-5 from the perimeter. Cherlee Collins finished with 15 points for the Lady Jegos, while Elisa Gonzales tallied eight and Ana Martinez finished with six.
In Game two against Midland College, the Jegos came out strong with a powerful opening quarter. They dropped 24 points to set a high-rising tempo. "We knew we had to start off a lot stronger than the previous game to keep up with the speed and skill of Midland. The team was hitting shots and forcing great turnovers" Coach Hernandez says on game two. In the 68-82 loss, the Jegos forced 21 turnovers for the Lady Chaparrals and won the freethrow battle, going 100% from the line. Nunez had another strong night leading all scorers with 31 points, 6 rebounds, and two steals. Senida Sotelo was able to bring a big spark off the bench adding 13 points, going 3-for-6-from behind the arch.
In the last game of the weekend, Tohono O'odham faced up against #22 Odessa College, going down 51-84. Odessa shot an impresive 44% from the floor and held The Jegos to 28%. "The score is not what we wanted but the fight is what we can always control. We never gave up and continued to do some things well. It is back to the drawing board on Monday as we get ready for the next few games" Head Coach Gonzales states. Sophomore Samantha Nunez scored 17 points, going 7-for-7 from the free throw line and Senida Sotelo had another 13 point night off the bench to help the Jegos. Elisa Gonzalez led the team in Rebounds, pulling down 8 strong boards.
The Jegos return to the road for the Native American Classic in Phoenix this weekend as they face three more teams: Tucson Sol, Wayne County, and Claredon College. The games will be held at Phoenix College. 3:30 on Thursday, 3:30 on Friday, and 4:00 on Saturday.