By THE HERALD-WHIG
The John Wood Community College women's basketball players have put their early-season woes behind them.
Teamwork and playing with confidence have led the Lady Blazers to a four-game win streak, including a 57-53 victory over eighth-ranked Southeastern (Iowa) in the Town & Country Inn and Suites Classic Saturday afternoon at the Student Activity Center.
Defense was also a key as JWCC held the Blackhawks scoreless for the final 4 minutes, 22 seconds while scoring the final 11 points of the game.
"Earlier in the season, the girls would make a bad pass or not look inside to an open teammate and they would hang their heads or give up," said Lady Blazers coach Norm Rodriguez, whose team started the season 1-3. "Not once today did they take themselves out of the game. They were able to take advantage of the opportunities we were given which weren't very many."
Ksenia Sharan scored what proved to be Southeastern's final basket of the game for a 54-46 Blackhawks lead with 4:22 left. Following a jumper by JWCC's Cheyenne Hedrington, Briana Hawthorne made the first of two free throw attempts. After Hawthorne missed the second free throw, Hedrington grabbed a long offensive rebound and fed the ball to Hawthorne who scored to pull the Lady Blazers to within 54-53 with 2:34 left.
JWCC took its first lead of the game when Kriza Allen scored off a pass from Hawthorne to make the score 55-54 with 1:05 left.
The Blackhawks (10-3) had a chance to tie the score but Sheila Klieber missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Lacorsica Metts and Sangster scored 10 points apiece to lead JWCC, while Rita Nickell grabbed nine rebounds.