Jaguars women’s basketball fall short to the Mountaineers

By: Santeria Evans | Sports Editor

On Feb. 20, at the Mitchell Center, the South Alabama Jaguars women’s basketball team faced the Appalachian State Mountaineers. The game was swept away from the Jaguars and the Mountaineers quickly gained the lead during the last few minutes of the game. The Jaguars previously defeated the Mountaineers on Feb. 19, ending the game 56-51. 

Senior Jayla Morrow put the Jaguars on the board within the first few seconds of the game, making two free throws after being fouled, gaining the lead for the Jaguars. 

After these first few points, the first quarter was a little slow for the Jaguars as the score remained constant until about three minutes into the second quarter when the Jaguars began to pick up a few points. Junior Casey Ferguson, assisted by junior Devyn Lowe, made a three-pointer as they fought back during the second quarter of the game. By the end of the second quarter, the Jaguars had a two point lead on the Mountaineers and ended with 29-27

The third quarter was a good one for the Jaguars as they held off the Mountaineers and remained in the lead, scoring a total of 17 points.

The Mountaineers began to gain the lead during the fourth quarter but with two minutes left in the last quarter of the game, the Jaguars began to pick up and gain control of the game. The Jaguars turned over the ball and the Mountaineers rushed the ball down the court. The game took a turn against the Jaguars towards the end when the Mountaineers defeated them and ended the game 56-58.

The leading scorers of the game for the Jaguars were senior Savannah Jones who scored a total of 19 points and one assist. Coming behind her was sophomore Jaylen Mallard, who scored 12 points.

Up next, the Jaguars will travel to Georgia to face the Georgia State Panthers on Feb. 26 and 27. Tipoff for the first game is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. (CST).