The Jacksonville High School girls basketball team did something that is very difficult to do Tuesday night.
The Fightin' Maidens went into the Lions Den at John Tyler High School and saddled the Lady Lions with their first District 16-4A loss of the season as Jacksonville exited with a 47-45 victory.
“That was a big win for our kids,” Fightin' Maiden head coach Tony Harris said. “The atmosphere that they have there gives them (John Tyler) a huge home court advantage and it is one of the more unique environments in the area, and for our kids to be able to go in there and keep their composure and wits and be able to pull out a win is huge.”
Jasmine Parson and DaMonica Franklin led the Fightin' Maiden charge.
Parson supplied the game-winning shot, a jumper from the paint that came with eight seconds left in the contest.
Prior to that play the senior point guard had drained a pair of shots from the charity line that enabled the Maidens to tie the game at 45 with 31 ticks showing on the clock.
Parson put in a game-high 18 points for Jacksonville, with Franklin close behind with 15 points.
Franklin sewed up a double-double by shagging 13 rebounds.
“Jasmine shot the ball very well,” Harris said. “And DaMonica Franklin was piercing their (John Tyler) defense throughout the night, so we had a lot of positive things going on on both ends of the court.”
Perhaps Harris was most proud of how his team battled back late in the game after being down by five points.
“With about four minutes to play in the game John Tyler completed the biggest run of the game and got up by five points,” Harris explained. “But our girls didn't panic and they never quit and you have to give them lot of credit for that, especially playing in that sort of hostile environment. That's not an easy thing to do for any team.”