With 5 lead changes to start the first quarter, Panola was once again being tested on their resilience early on. But a baseball pass from Sophomore Genesis Rivera to Freshman Patience Okpe to start the second quarter would spark a run for the Fillies as they put another win under their belts Tuesday night. The Fillies beat Jacksonville College on the road 82-62, opening up conference play 1-0.
"The team came out a little sluggish in the first quarter, but really stepped up over the next three quarters by playing well on both ends of the floor. I was really pleased how we stepped up and stopped every rally Jacksonville attempted tonight" Head Coach Kite says.
Jacksonville was only able to lead by most 3 points. Once the Fillies took the lead at 19-18 in the second quarter, they never let up. They walked into the locker room at half time leading 40-27.
In the third quarter, Jacksonville would come as close as 6 points, but team ball movement, fast transition play and straight up grind kept the Fillies in the lead the whole way through.
Brazilian native, Stefany Lourenco, lead all scorers with 25 points on the night. "I am excited! I like this team and love playing with them" she noted on her career high night. She came away with a full stat line shooting 9-17 (52%), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and went 6-6 from the free throw line. This is the 6th time that the Fillies have had a different player lead in points. Freshman Daria Eremeeva recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Patience Okpe added 15 and Sophomore Genesis Rivera added 12. Denasia Watson tied her career high in assists with 5, leading the team on the night in that area.
The Fillies are now off to one of the best starts in Panola history, moving their win streak to 6-0. They will hit the floor again November 25th-26th in the TVCC classic. They will face Johnson Community College and Tallahassee College. Game times are 1:00pm on Friday and 10:00 am on Saturday.