By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The John Wood Community College women's basketball team couldn't hold on to the ball Wednesday night.
Thirty turnovers limited the Lady Blazers' effectiveness during their 50-40 loss to Danville Area Community College in the quarterfinals of the Region 24 Tournament in East Peoria, Ill.
The Jaguars led 28-11 at halftime. JWCC (16-13) cut the lead to 39-37 with 2 minutes, 13 seconds remaining, but couldn't get any closer.
Lady Blazers coach Norman Rodriguez said many of the turnovers were unforced.
"We did it too ourselves," Rodriguez said. "We didn't make eye contact with people that we were passing to, we rushed our passes and didn't meet our passes. We also passed to people going away from us."
After cutting the lead to three, JWCC missed three shots to tie the game.
Kajeh Sanderson led the Lady Blazers with nine points, while Lacorsica Metts added seven points and five rebounds. Ashlyn Fore also scored seven points for JWCC.
Rebounding was also a struggled for the Lady Blazers. Danville outrebounded JWCC 34-27, including 10 from Hillary Lively.
"They had a tremendous amount of offensive rebounds," Rodriguez said. "We didn't do a good job of rotating over on our zone defense."
Megan Hiner led Danville with 13 points.
Quincy splits: Quincy University beat Lake Erie 10-0 in five innings and lost to Northern State (S.D.) 5-0 at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
Against Lake Erie, the Lady Hawks (5-9) were led by Monica Gray, who went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Olivia Shepard was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Alanna Viken scored two runs. Lauren Francis pitched a four-hit shutout.
Viken had the lone hit in Quincy's loss.