Sarah Ageno leading JT Lady Jaguars’ National Basketball League charge

Sarah Ageno in action for the JT Lady Jaguars /COURTESY PICTURE

BASKETBALL Sarah Ageno leading JT Lady Jaguars’ National Basketball League charge

Ndyamuhaki J Emanzi 11:24 - 20.04.2023

Sarah Ageno is averaging 13.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this season.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Fuba had a sponsor who rewarded each Player-of-the-game with a medal and a chair. 

But at the moment, it is only the medals for players who are most efficient for their winning team in every game, and Sarah Ageno is collecting them left, right and centre.

The JT Jaguars forward would have run out of space already if the chair arrangement was still in place.

She has collected five medals already after being named the best performer from all the five games the Lady Jaguars have won this season.

It was the same story Wednesday night when the former UCU Lady Canons player scored 12 points and collected 15 rebounds to go with five assists against the Miracle Eaglets.

The Lady Jaguars improved to a 5-1 record and are top of the log early in the season.

“It’s just effort and hard work,” Ageno told Pulse Sports after the Lady Jaguars’ comprehensive 78-40 victory at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium.

Between 2019 and now, Ageno has played in Rwanda for Ubumwe (now REG) and in the Fuba Division One, from where she helped the Lady Jaguars earn promotion to the top flight.

She is averaging 13.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this season.

Ageno’s coach, Sudi Ulanga, attributes her performances to hard work and expects the power forward to get better as the season unfolds.

Sarah Ageno pauses for picture after receiving her medal Wednesday night /COURTESY PICTURE

“She has been putting in a lot of work, and I think she can only get better,” Ulanga told Pulse Sports.

For Ageno, the year started with a call-up to the Gazelles team that played in the Fiba Zone 5 Women’s AfroBasket Qualifiers in Kampala.

And while she had limited time on the floor, her performance will undoubtedly catch the eye of head coach Alberto Antuna the next time selection is done for the AfroBasket in Kigali, Rwanda.

Her teammate Zainah Lokwameri is excited by the performance and consistency as the Lady Jaguars look to challenge the status quo the first time of asking.

“She has been consistently efficient and having great scoring percentages in the paint and rebounding well too,” Lokwameri, with whom Ageno won the league three years in a row at UCU, noted.

The Lady Jaguars might have all the talent to challenge defending champions UCU and two-time winners JKL Lady Dolphins, but Ageno does not expect anything to come easy this season.

She noted that: “It’s a hard league this season. Nothing is going to come easy.”

And going by the team’s first-ever competitive loss that came at the hands of Magic Stormers, it is indeed a tough league in the women’s division.

But with performances like these from Ageno, Ulanga, and the Lady Jaguars will be confident of making some noise.