Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 15, 2014

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

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



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.”