By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – As expected, the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats have drawn a first-round bye in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
JCJC, 26-3, is the No. 4 seed in the event and will not play until 1 p.m. on March 21 vs. the winner of the March 19 game between No. 13 seed Northeast Oklahoma A&M and No. 20 seed Trinity Valley (Texas).
Those games and the entire tournament will be played at the LCU Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas.
All games in the tournament will air on www.njcaatv.com.
There are 24 teams in the tournament and the top eight seeds draw a bye. The tournament field was announced Monday morning during a live presentation on www.njcaatv.com.
Head coach Missy Bilderback’s Lady Bobcats won the MACJC Tournament two weeks ago in Senatobia and took the Region 23 Tournament last week in Clinton.
In the Region 23 Tournament finals, JCJC’s Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas) scored 50 points to lead Jones to the title.
For a look at the bracket and for more information on the national tournament, go to www.njcaa.org.
NJCAA Division I National Tournament
Lubbock Christian University
March 19 games
G1, 10 a.m., No. 16 Harford (Maryland) vs. No. 17 Odessa (Texas)
G2, Noon, No. 9 Salt Lake (Utah) vs. No. 24 ASA Brooklyn College (New York)
G3, 2 p.m., No. 15 San Jacinto-North (Texas) vs. No. 18 Hutchinson (Kansas)
G4, 4 p.m. No. 10 Casper (Wyoming) vs. No. 23 South Georgia Tech
G5, 6 p.m., No. 13 Northeast Oklahoma A&M vs. No. 20 Trinity Valley (Texas)
G6, 8 p.m., No. 12 Walters St. (Tennessee) vs. No. 21 North Dakota State College of Science
March 20 games
G7, 10 a.m., No. 14 Northwest Florida vs. No. 19 Panola (Texas)
G8, Noon, No. 11 Tallahassee College (Florida) vs. No. 22 Western Nebraska
G9, 2 p.m., No. 1 Shelton St. (Alabama) vs. Harford/Odessa winner
G10, 4 p.m., No. 8 New Mexico vs. Salt Lake/ASA Brooklyn College winner
G11, 6 p.m., No. 2 Gulf Coast (Florida) vs. San Jacinto-North/Hutchinson winner
G12, 8 p.m., No. 7 Seward County (Kansas) vs. Casper/South Georgia Tech winner
March 21 games
G13, 1 p.m., No. 4 Jones County vs. Northeast Oklahoma A&M/Trinity Valley winner
G14, 3 p.m., No. 5 Cochise College (Arizona) vs. Walters St./North Dakota SCS winner
G15, 5 p.m., No. 3 Moberly Area College (Missouri) vs. Northwest Florida/Panola winner
G16, 7 p.m., No. 6 Wabash Valley (Illinois Valley) vs. Tallahassee/Western Nebraska winner
March 22 games
G17, 1 p.m., Shelton St./Harford/Odessa winner vs. New Mexico/Salt Lake/ASA Brooklyn winner
G18, 3 p.m., Gulf Coast/San Jacinto-North/Hutchinson winner vs. Seward/Casper/South Georgia Tech winner
G19, 5 p.m., Jones County/Northeast Oklahoma A&M/Trinity Valley winner vs. Cochise/Walters St./North Dakota SCS winner
G20, 7 p.m., Moberly Area/Northwest Florida/Panola winner vs. Wabash Valley/Tallahassee/Western Nebraska winner
March 23 games
G21, 5 p.m., G17 winner vs. G19 winner
G22, 7 p.m., G18 winner vs. G20 winner
March 24 games
G23, 4:30 p.m. Consolation game
G24, 7 p.m., Championship game