‘Cinderella season’ comes to an end for women’s basketball
03.06.2015 | By Rob Vanya
JACKSONVILLE, Texas – The playoff hopes of the No. 4 seed San Jacinto College women’s basketball team were dashed after falling to No. 1 seed Trinity Valley Community College 73-53 in the semifinal round of the Region XIV tournament, played Friday, March 6 at the Jacksonville ISD Gym in Jacksonville.
San Jac Head Coach Brenita Jackson knew going into the game that they would have their hands full against Trinity Valley, the defending national champions and ranked fourth in the nation. “Trinity Valley has depth, and a lot of weapons, and any team that plays them faces an uphill battle,” she commented. “We gave them a run for their money in the first half (trailing only by 4 at the break), but we just could not get any traction in the second half.”
In spite of the loss, which eliminated San Jac (23-9) from the regional tournament, thus ending the team’s season, Jackson says the team should be proud of a remarkable season. “In the meeting after the game, I cried with them and told them to keep their heads up, they have nothing to be ashamed of,” she remarked. “I am very proud of their overall body of work this season. To go from 3-27 last year to 23-9 this year is outstanding. It’s really been sort of a Cinderella season.”
Jackson says the players that will return next season can learn valuable lessons from their regional tournament experience. “When you play against the best, you can improve your game,” she said. “I told the players I am proud of their demeanor and composure and I want them to learn from these experiences and to come back next year and be even better.”
In the game against Trinity Valley, freshman forward Jazmin Nelson (McKinney / McKinney High School) led San Jac in scoring with 13 points. Nelson also had 1 assist, 1 steal, and 3 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School) was also a key contributor, scoring 11 points. Howard also had 1 assist, 2 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.