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February 7, 2014

Maidens to face senior-laden Mansfield Summit team in bi-district



 Jacksonville's Fightin Maiden basketball team will open the state Class 4A playoffs on Monday night by facing a very familiar (and formidable) foe in Mansfield Summit.

The bi-district encounter will be hosted by Fairfield High School and will tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars are 22-7 this year and are fresh off of winning the District 15-4A championship.

Jacksonville (16-13), who came in fourth in District 16-4A, also faced Mansfield Summit in bi-district last season.

In that affair the Lady Jaguars prevailed, 45-31, before eventually going four rounds deep in post season before being ousted by Dallas Lincoln.

Mansfield Summit, ranked 12th in Class 4A, appears, at least on paper, to be an even better team this go around, as the Lady Jaguars have seven seniors on its roster of 15.

The Lady Jaguars will bring an 11-game winning streak into the fray.

Meanwhile, the Fightin' Maidens have just one senior, point guard Jasmine Parson.

Parson is Jacksonville's spark plug and can make a number of things happen with her speed, cat-like quickness and overall athleticism.

Jacksonville ended its regular season by notching a pair of wins over Corsicana and Nacogdoches.

In the Nacogdoches game Tuesday, DaMonica Franklin and Inchantra Kendrick answered the bell on both ends of the floor when Parson was forced to the bench in the third quarter with excessive fouls.

The Maidens are, arguably, playing their best basketball now, after struggling in mid-season when Parson was out for a couple of weeks due to injury.

Tickets, which will cost $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, will be sold at the gate.



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