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Another “first” for BPCC women

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

There have been plenty of “firsts” for the Bossier Parish Community College women’s basketball team.

The biggest, of course, was when the team stepped on the court back on Nov. 4 for the first game in school history, which also turned out to be the first victory.

On Feb. 1, the Lady Cavs recorded the first conference victory on Feb. 1 against San Jacinto College.

Monday, BPCC played a postseason game for the first time, routing Coastal Bend 106-71 in a “play-in” game of the Region XIV Tournament.

This afternoon, the Lady Cavs made their debut in the conference tournament against tournament against No. 1 seed and two-time defending national champion Trinity Valley Community College (29-1).

After the Coastal Bend game, BPCC coach John Rennie called the game against Trinity Valley a “challenge.”

That’s an understatement, considering TVCC defeated the Lady Cavs by scores of 105-53 and 137-56 this season.

Regardless of what happens today, Rennie is proud of what the school’s first team has accomplished this season.

The Coastal Bend victory made the Lady Cavs 9-19.

“It’s a great feeling to get a playoff win the first year of the program,” Rennie said. “I told the girls it means the world to me and it means the world to them and to the school also.”

The Lady Cavs had little trouble with Coastal Bend, like BPCC a first-year program.

The Lady Cavs led 45-31 at the half. With Coastal Bend still hanging around at 61-49 early in the second, BPCC went on an 11-2 run to turn it into a 21-point game.

“Our pressure defense made a big difference and we stepped up and made some big threes,” Rennie said. “Crystal Jones kind of got the hot hand in the second half.”

Jones scored 21 of her game-high 27 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers.

Andreanna Jackson, one of the Lady Cavs’ most consistent scorers all season, added 20.

Former Airline standout I’mUnique Bryant scored nine of her 15 points in the second half.

Also scoring in double figures were La’Dencia Johnson with 13, Danielle Greely with 11 and Shuntasia Anderson with 10.