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2/16/06-Tyler

Apache Ladies Success A Labor Of Love

With six games to play, the TJC Women's basketball team is making a strong claim on second place in the conference standings behind Trinity Valley.
The ladies are not just playing good ball, they're playing fun ball, and it has a lot to do with the coach, Treina Tillis Jones.

"She's a coach that makes you better not bring you down, but makes you better," said TJC forward Donnisha Tate.

"There's times when she's your mom, she's your friend and she's your mentor," said shooting guard Mamie James. "She might get on you, but is always for the better."

It's also the things she says that the team loves.

"She always says my middle name and I know maybe I might be getting in trouble," James said.

"(She says) when I don't holler at you, when I don't talk to you that's when you should be worried," said point guard Jamia Malone.

"It catches you off guard," Tate said. "You don't know if she's serious or if she's not serious."

Then, there are the dinners at her house.

"You get really tired of that cafeteria food and when she cooks it, it's like 'Coach T, back at home!'"

But 'Coach T' recently became 'Coach T-J' when she got married last December.

"We can't help but to call her 'Coach T,'" Jones said. "Sometimes you are stuttering like 'Coach Jones,' but it doesn't have a kick to it. "

Whether its her words or her food, these young ladies love their coach. The team hopes that love translates into more success.

"We feel like we already had a great season," Coach Tillis Jones said. "Now we're just trying to put icing on that season."

The Apache Ladies are in action again next Wednesday, hosting Jacksonville college.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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