BPCC women advance to semifinals of conference tournament

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The No. 6 seed Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs advanced to the semifinals of the Region XIV Tournament Wednesday with a 89-78 overtime victory over No. 3 Blinn College in Jacksonville, Texas.

BPCC (19-12) faces No. 2 seed Tyler Junior College (26-3) at 3 p.m. Friday. Tyler was ranked No. 7 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll and has defeated BPCC twice this season.

The other semifinal pits No. 1 seed Trinity Valley against No.4 San Jacinto. The championship game is 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Former Byrd standout Diamond Willis led four Lady Cavs in double figures with 20 points. Crystal Jones added 16, Charity Robinson 12 and Keanna Rainwater 11. Former Airline standout Jeannine Myles scored seven points and had two assists.

BPCC led by a many as eight points in the second half, but Blinn came back and took a two-point lead with 3:35 to play. The Lady Cavs answered and led by five late in the game.

Blinn hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to cut the lead to two. BPCC’s Crystal Jones made one-of-two free throws and Blinn hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it into overtime.

“We had it pretty well-defended,” BPCC coach John Rennie said. “I think everybody in the gym was surprised it went it.”

The Lady Cavs quickly regrouped and dominated the overtime period, outscoring the Lady Bucs 17-6.

“I’m proud of the way our players responded in the overtime,” Rennie said.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com