The tension was high in the foyer of the A.J. Johnson Gym at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 12, as the NJCAA went live on television to announce the bracket for the National Tournament. Several At-Large spots were on the line. When the announcer said the Panola College Fillies had earned one of the spots, the room erupted with applause, tears and screams of joy.
Here’s the link to the NJCAA Women’s Basketball site: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/index
And here’s the link to the bracket. The bracket is a PDF link: http://njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2017-18/div1/national_championship/index
The Fillies will leave for Texas Tech University in Lubbock on Saturday, March 17, and will play Northwest Florida at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20.
The Panola College Fillies were ranked all year and won the Conference Championship for the first time since 1978, earning them accolades and votes for one of the At-Large spots.
Congratulations to Coach Eddie Kite, Assistant Coach Chelsea Hudson, Jaye Cage, Destiney Ephrom, Weronika Nowakowska, Nailah Beyah-Blount, Patience Okpe, Daria (Dasha) Eremeeva, Stefany Lourenco, Jalynn Estrada, Ekaterina (KK) Karchevskaya, Maryia (Masha) Adashchyk, and Victoria Rushing.
(Photos by Kraig Cain and Teresa Beasley)