BY CHAD DARE
Basketball is a game of runs.
On Saturday afternoon, the 16th-rated Danville Area Community College women’s basketball team experienced both sides of that equation.
But when the final horn sounded, the Lady Jaguars were on the wrong end of a 75-68 contest against the Kaskaskia Blue Angels.
“We played very poorly and that makes two games in a row for us,’’ DACC coach Kyle Bent said. “We had beaten them earlier this year at their place (64-59) and I thought coming home, we would shoot better and defend better.’’
And for a five-minute stretch of the second half, the Lady Jaguars (8-4) did both turning a 57-41 deficit into a 60-59 lead with a 19-2 run.
“That also happened on Wednesday (a 72-59 loss to Vincennes),’’ Bent said.
And just like their previous game, DACC saw that comeback fall short.
Kaskaskia (7-4) answered with an 8-0 run and the Blue Angels never relinquished that lead.
“I don’t know if we get complacent being back in the game or if it’s fatigue,’’ Bent said. “One way or another, we have to figure it out.
“You are bound to give up another run here or there. But the initial issue is being down 16 in the first place. If we don’t have to dig ourselves out of that hole, it could have been a different game.’’
The Lady Jaguars found themselves trailing by double digits because of five minute scoring draught.
DACC, which shot just 32 percent (25-of-78) missed 11 straight shots, while also committing two turnovers.
“I think some of it is youth,’’ said Bent, who had eight freshmen playing significant minutes on Saturday. “Not to steal anything from (Boston coach) Doc Rivers, but right now, mentally, we’re pretty soft.
“We need to toughen up and play through mistakes and fatigue.’’
The Jaguars, who are already playing with Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year Kayton Cole, lost redshirt freshman Stephanie Lord on Saturday to a leg injury.
“It’s just a matter of getting more reps for our younger players,’’ Bent said.
Former North Vermillion standout Hillary Lively had a double-double for the Lady Jaguars with a team-high 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Joining Lively in double figures for DACC was sophomore Tierra Golighly with 14, Kamaren Cole came off the bench with 12 and Emily Montgomery had 10.
Alex Stanford led all scorers with 24 points for Kaskaskia, followed by Brandi Riddle (15), Miranda Burroughs (14) and Petra Elbert (12).
The DACC women will play their next six games on the road starting with today’s contest in Decatur against the Millikin JV at 1 p.m.
The next home game for the Lady Jaguars will be Saturday, Jan. 12 against the Illinois Central College Cougars.