Jacksonville Daily Progress
“We don't back down from nobody,” Jacksonville senior-forward Chancii Scott said in outlining her team's mindset for Tuesday's game against Class 2-A's No. 14-ranked Tatum Lady Eagle outfit.
Those words were an understatement as the Fight'n Maidens used a huge fourth-quarter effort to earn a 43-41 upset win over the Lady Eagles.
Scott, a senior forward, scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the closing segment as Jacksonville (9-7) overcame a three-point deficit going into the fourth frame to hand Tatum (12-2) just it's second loss of the year.
Scott set up down low and was the recipient of several crisp passes, mostly from Jasmine Parson, as she proved to be an unstoppable force in the closing minutes.
“Coach (Tony Harris) tells us to work through any situation that we run into on the court and we played like seven-fighting warriors out there (Tuesday),” Scott said. “I couldn't have scored those points without getting those clean passes from my teammates.They did the hard part.”
After Jacksonville streaked out to an early 8-3 lead, the Lady Eagles went on a tear and took the lead, 9-8, with 1:55 to go in the first.
Tatum would hold on to that advantage for most of the night, with the Maidens regaining control after going on a 6-0 run midway of the final segment.
Scott scored all six of Jacksonville's points, including a bucket from the low paint that took place with 3:10 to go in the game that put the Maidens in front 39-38.
Tatum tied it up following a free throw by Alexis Bell at the 2:51 point.
After each team exchanged deuces, the Maidens got the winning basket on a stick back of a missed baseline jumper from Parson that came off the hand of Sametria Baker and that happened with 46 ticks showing on the scoreboard.
Baker's shot, which came from about five feet out, gave Jacksonville the 43-41 edge.
Jacksonville was also the recipient of great basketball fortune as Tatum missed six shots from point-blank range in the final 20 seconds of play.
Parson finished with eight points, Keevie Mathis added six, Cayron Christopher tossed in four and Baker scored two.
Bell's 14 points was a team-best for Tatum, with Kiara Turner adding six points to compliment her game-high 10 rebounds.
Tatum dominated the boards, out rebounding Jacksonville 40-30, but the Maidens won the war of turnovers.
The Lady Eagles committed 25 miscues to the Maidens' 21.
Jacksonville will travel to Kaufman on Friday.