NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Last time the SFA Ladyjacks left the court against Nicholls State, they did so with tears.
Not tears of joy but tears of sadness with the Ladyjacks loosing 69-65 in the Southland Championship. Months later it is still tough to talk about.
“It’s tough just bringing it back up," junior forward Riley Harvey said. "It sucks. We all wish we had that ring on our finger and had made it to the NCAA tournament because that’s what we worked for all season.”
No one last year was more visibly upset then now senior Chanell Hayes. Hayes could be seen crying as Nicholls celebrated at Center court in Katy.
“Last year it was in our hands," Hayes said. “We knew we had it. We have carried it with us this whole off season.”
Head Coach Mark Kellogg had seen that before with several times the Ladyjacks failing to win in Katy.
“We do think about it some,” Kellogg said. “I have gone back and watched it and seen what we did wrong or what they figured out. ”Crazy to think that that will not be in the back of our mind. It is what happened. They kept us from our goal and dream of winning the Southland. "
The Ladyjacks at 10-3 on the year are looking to move to 2-0 in conference play when they hosts Nicholls Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.
“We want to protect our home court and if you goal is to win a championship this season then you have to win at home," Kellogg said.
For Hayes, the goal is simple. Leave with tears of victory, not defeat.
“We have to continue playing the game we play and chip away," Hayes said. "Don’t settle. Don’t do what we did last year and let something in our hands get taken away.”