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January 23, 2013

Jacksonville girls' playoff hopes take a big hit

JACKSONVILLE — When the Jacksonville Maidens were shooting good they were shooting real good and when they went cold...well lets just say the Maidens probably would not have hit water if they fell out of a boat.

After connecting at a 57.1-percent (8-of-14) rate in the first quarter, the Jacksonville girls lost their shooting touch from the field, hitting just 8-of-49 shots (16.3-percent) the rest of the game which opened the door for the John Tyler Lady Lions to cash in, and cash in they did as the visitors picked up a 50-45 victory on Monday night.

The game opened the second half of District 16-4A play for both units.

John Tyler is now 18-11, 3-3 in district, while the Maidens (15-14, 2-4) fell a game behind the Lady Lions, who now have the inside track on securing the final playoff spot out of the league.

The Maidens still have road games left against Whitehouse (Friday, 6 p.m.) and Lindale and home tilts with Corsicana and Nacogdoches remaining on their schedule.

Jacksonville came out revved up and hitting on all cylinders in the first half — the Maidens led 29-22 at the break — but that changed in the second half.

The Maidens missed nine of their first 10 shots from the field in the third, and things really never got much better from that point for Jacksonville.

The Lady Lions took the lead for the first time in the game on an uncontested triple off the right wing by Quanesha Johnson that came with 1:21 to go in the period.

Johnson's basket made the score 34-31 in favor of the Lady Lions.

Johnson ended up with a game high 24 points and went 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Maidens trailed 34-33 to start the final frame and after a shot from the paint by Keevie Mathis, Jacksonville regained the advantage, 35-34.

Johnson then drained a pair of wide-open treys from the right side on back-to-back possessions to move in front 40-35 with 6:51 to go in the game.

That prompted jacksonville coach Tony Harris to call for a time out where he scolded his troops for allowing John Tyler the uncontested shots due to not getting back in position on defense.

Things did not improve after the time out as the Lady Lions opened the fourth on a back-breaking 10-0 run.

The Maidens continued to play hard and cut the margin to 44-43 after Chancii Scott canned a pair from the charity line with 1:56 to go in the game that capped off a 8-0 Jacksonville run.

But that was as close as the Maidens would be able to get.

Scott finished with 12 points to lead Jacksonville, with Parson pitching in nine.

Jacksonville's DeMonica Franklin was the game's top rebounder (10).

Tiaka Lee also amassed double figure scoring for the Lady Lions as Lee netted 12 points.


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