Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Fightin' Indians of Jacksonville kicked off District 16-4A play by claiming a dramatic overtime triumph over Lindale at Eagle Gymnasium Friday evening.
The final score was 60-54, with the Tribe outscoring the Eagles 8-2 in the bonus session.
The Lindale Lady Eagles notched their first loop victory of the season while keeping the Jacksonville girls winless (0-3) in district outings.
Lindale (12-9, 1-2 16-4A) opened up a 17-7 advantage after the first eight minutes of play and never looked back in defeating Jacksonville, 45-32.
Jacksonville will return home on Tuesday to host Corsicana, with the varsity girls scheduled to play at 6:15 p.m., followed by the guys at 7:45.
The Corsicana boys (13-7, 1-0) upset Whitehouse, 62-58, Friday night in Corsicana while the Lady Tigers (17-6, 3-0) defeated Whitehouse's girls, 39-32.
The Lindale Lady Eagles shot out to a 8-0 start before Jacksonville could get going, and the 17-7, first quarter lead turned into a 45-32 win for the Lady Eagles.
Only two JHS field goals held the Fightin’ Maidens back in the first stanza.
Lindale’s, Natasha Malone scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the first half, and grabbed eight rebounds in the first half. Malone totaled out with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists.
Jacksonville fought back within a 30-26 score after Damonica Franklin, and Jasmine Parson made back-to back steals and baskets midway through the third quarter, and the quarter finished up 34-28, Lindale.
Jacksonville could not manage to convert several layups in the final quarter, being outscored 8-4, for the 45-32 final score. Jacksonville could not manage to convert several layups in the final quarter, being outscored 8-4, for the 45-32 final score.
Jasmine Parson paced the Fightin’ Maidens with 14-points, while Franklin added 10-points, and seven rebounds in the setback.
Lindale 45, Jacksonville 32
Jacksonville 7 11 10 4 - 32
Lindale 17 11 8 8 - 45
JACKSONVILLE – Jasmine Parson, 14; Jada Parson, 2; Incahantra Kendrick, 2; Damonica Franklin, 10; Mireya Gaitan, 2; Moquesha Robertson, 2.
LINDALE - Paige Murphy, 8; McKenna Cox, 10; Natasha Malone, 15; Pilkington, ; 2; Heather Gilbert, 3; Hall, 2; Walker, 5.
THREE-POINT GOALS – none.
RECORDS – Jacksonville 11-11, 0-3. Lindale 12-9; 1-2.
NEXT UP – Nacogdoches at Lindale, Tues., 6 p.m. Corsicana at Jacksonville. Tues., 6 p.m.
Jacksonville 60, Lindale 54 OT
Raybon Riden and Datavion Thacker saved their best for last, which turned out to be a good thing for Jacksonville.
The Indians got hot after the half, and Raibon Riden along with Datavion Thacker got the Indians to a 52-52 at the end of regulation.
Jacksonville was down 52-51 when Capo slapped a Indian shot out-of-bounds to set up the Tribe under their own bucket with three-seconds left in the game.
On the in-bounds pass, Thacker bounced the ball of an Eagle defenders back got the ball back but was fouled on the shot. Thacker made the second free throw for the 52-52 score as the regulation clock expired.
The duo then added three-points apiece in the overtime period to seal the district opener for first year head coach, Mark Alexander.
“We knew at halftime what we needed to do, and the guys stepped up and did a great job,” Alexander said after the win. “We needed more movement and we also knew we were going to have to make some 3-pointers , which is not really our game.
“But we did a good job of getting our uphill, downhill game flowing and we played much stronger in the paint the second half, “ Alexander added.
Lindale’s, Mason Terry made his first 3-pointer to make it a 12-12, tie after one period.
Terry then exploded for 11 second quarter points to gain the first Eagles lead of the night in the second period at 18-16. The Indians turnovers just before the half allowed six-points for the Eagles and a 28-25 lead at the half.
Jacob Capo scored four of his 11-points in the third quarter, but more importantly commanded the boards the first two minutes of the third stanza.
Down 32-25, the Tribe went on a 11-4 run to make it a 36- 36 before Tavon Griffin scored his lone basket as the third quarter buzzer sounded and a 42-37.
Riden stepped up to score nine of his 12-points in the fourth quarter, and then went 3-of-6 at the charity stripe to start the Indians winning run.
Thacker finished with nine-points, while Claude Franklin scored eight-points and brought down the house with a thunder dunk in the third quarter rally which was key in the win.
Lindale’s Terry added 10 rebounds and six assists to his 25-points and Eagle postman, Capo snagged 12 rebounds and made five blocks in the setback.
Jacksonville clipped Lindale 32-30 in the junior varasity game.
Giovannie Villareal pumped in 14 for the Tribew, followed by DD Hamilton with seven.
Jacksonville 60, Lindale 54 OT
Jacksonville 12 13 12 15 8 - 60
Lindale 12 16 14 10 2 - 54
JACKSONVILLE – Mason McCormack, 4; Daytron Thompson, 5; Chris Cross, 3; Demontre Ragsdale, 7; Charles, Kendrick, 6; Claude Franklin, 8; Jeremy McAnally, 4; Datavion Thacker, 9; Curtis Landon, 2; Raybon Riden, 12.
LINDALE – Laettner Greenhill, 1; Mason Terry, 25; Garrett Sir Louis, 2; Jordan Gray, 6; Court Brown, 7; Tavon Griffin, 2; Jacob Capo, 11.
THREE-POINT GOALS – J: Ragsdale, Thacker 2, McAnally, Riden 2. L: Terry 3, Brown.
RECORDS – Jacksonville 15-6, 1-0. Lindale 10-9; 0-1.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Jacksonville 32, Lindale 30
FRESHMEN: Lindale 40, Jacksonville 30 (Cameron High led Jacksonville with 12 points.)
NEXT UP – Nacogdoches at Lindale, Tues., 7:30 p.m. Corsicana at Jacksonville. Tues., 7:30 p.m.