Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

January 15, 2014

Troubles at free throw line cost Maidens in loss to Lady Tigers



A sub-par night at the charity line by the Jacksonville Maidens put a damper on an otherwise solid effort against 16-4A-leading Corsicana on Tuesday night in Jacksonville.

Sinking 12 of 15 'freebies' the Lady Tigers earned a 36-29 win over the Maidens (11-12, 0-4 16-4A) as Jacksonville could connect on just 4 of 14 (28.6-percent) from the line.

“When two teams shoot the same number of free throws and one team makes four of them and the other team makes 12 of them, usually the team that makes 12 is the team that's going to win the game,” Jacksonville head coach Tony Harris said.

The Lady Tigers moved to 18-6 overall, 4-0 in conference and were led in scoring by Kennedy Betts, who knocked in 10 points.

Jacksonville led 9-6 after the first eight minutes of play, but the Maidens struggled in the second frame where the Lady Tigers out pointed Jacksonville, 16-7, in what turned out to be the pivotal period in the game.

“On three-straight possessions in the second quarter Corsicana changed their defense and we were slow to recognize it and that gave us some problems,” Harris said. “Now, we did get better in that phase of the game in the second half.”

The Maidens could hoist just five field goals in the frame and to make matters worse, the Maidens went 3-12 from the free throw line in the quarter as Corsicana led 22-16 at intermission.

The Maidens got as close as four points, 25-21, following a deuce by Monica Franklin that came with just under five minutes to go in the third segment.

Jasmine Parson, the Maidens' leading scorer, led Jacksonville offensively by tossing in 11 points, while Franklin chipped in eight.

“Jasmine is coming back after being out for about two weeks with an injury and she is having to get her timing back,” Harris said.

The Maidens did well in the rebounding department where they out boarded the visitors, 37-27. Franklin shagged a game-high 11 boards for the Maidens, with Inchantra Kendrick adding seven and TaSheena Canady a half dozen.

“I was pleased with our overall effort,” Harris said. “We got the rebounds and got a lot of second shots and put backs.

“I feel we are awfully close from being a real good basketball team.”



Text Only
Local Sports
  • 07-22-Updated cover tease art.jpg Bullard's Rumbelow rapidly rising up through ranks in Yankee farm system

    In just over a month Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High School pitching standout, will be celebrating his 23rd birthday.

    Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian head.jpg Jacksonville Football Camp set for Aug. 4

    Jacksonville High School will be hosting a free football camp, targeted towards for all incoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade football players, on Aug 4-5.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Rusk qualifies 4 teams for TTA state baseball tournaments

    There will we far fewer youth baseball players, coaches, family members and supporters roaming the streets of Rusk this week.

    That's because, county them, four teams from Rusk will be competing at venues around Central and East Texas in various Texas Teenage-Baseball Association state championship tournaments.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Wright + mug.jpg Jacksonville finds new defensive a few miles down Highway 79

    Jacksonville athletic director/head football coach Chris Taber said that DeJoran “D. J.” Wright, former co-defensive coordinator at Palestine High School, was a logical choice to take over as the Tribe's new defensive coordinator for several reasons — most importantly was Wright's “X's and O's” philosophy.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • prca_logo1.jpg Wells roper snares a nice payday at Snake River Stampede

    Tyler McKnight, of Wells, and team roping partner Jake Cooper, won first place in the opening round of the Snake River Stampede (rodeo) that was held last week in Nampa, Idaho.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-19-SA + foto.jpg Jacksonville College's Abboud pays dividends for Israel’s WNT

    Jacksonville College women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie is expecting great things from incoming sophomore Shahd Abboud, who hails from Shefa-Amr, Israel, when the Lady Jags report on Aug. 16 for the fall semester.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Area softball teams wrap up play in TTA state tourneys

    Two Cherokee County youth softball teams concluded their respective runs at Texas Teen-Age Softball Association state tournaments earlier this week.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJHS logo.png Fightin' Maiden Volleyball camp canceled

    The Jacksonville Fightin, Maiden Volleyball Camp, scheduled to take place Monday thru Wednesday has been canceled.

    All registration fees will be refunded in full.

    For more information call the JHS Athletic Department (903) 586-2131.


    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-17-Hill + mug.png JC's Hill to play for Our Lady of the Lake

    Two down and one to go.

    Jacksonville College saw its second of four sophomores sign a National Letter of Intent late last week, when Davvin Hill signed with Our Lady of the Lake University, a NAIA school located in San Antonio.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-17-Vert. I art.JPG Harris keeps Fightin' Maiden hoops camp simple

    One would probably be hard pressed to find any summer youth sports camp with a more streamlined approach than was found at the Jacksonville Fightin' Maiden Basketball camp, which took place this week at the Jacksonville High School Gymnasium.

    “We just asked the young ladies for two things,” Tony Harris, Jacksonville High School head girl's basketball coach, stated on Wednesday. “First, we wanted them to have fun and secondly we wanted them to learn control — to be able to control their eyes, their body and the (opposing) defender.”

    July 17, 2014 3 Photos