Fourth-quarter comeback falls short as JWCC women lose in Region 24 semifinals


John Wood Community College sophomore guard Jada Dupree scored 23 points in Saturday's 83-67 loss to Parkland in the Region 24 tournament semifinals in Springfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The patented second-half comeback was happening yet again.

Only this time, it stalled out.

The John Wood Community College women’s basketball team trailed top-seeded Parkland 58-39 at the end of the third quarter Saturday in the semifinals of the Region 24 tournament at Lincoln Land Community College. Three minutes later, on the heels of an 11-1 run, the Trail Blazers trailed only 59-50.

They chiseled the deficit all the way down to four points, trailing 63-59 with 5:05 to play, but that’s where the rally ended. The Cobras made a pair of 3-pointers and six consecutive free throws to regain some separation and post an 83-67 victory, denying the Trail Blazers a shot ton play for an NJCAA Division II national tournament.

JWCC ends its season with a 17-13 record.

Sophomore point guard Jada Dupree led the Trail Blazers with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Madi Doran finished with 15 points and Katey Flynn added 12. Alexis Pohlman finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

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