With District 16-4A action schedule to get under way in Whitehouse Friday evening, it was important for the Jacksonville High School girl's basketball team to make a good showing in the Kaufman Tournament last weekend.
And that's exactly what head coach Tony Harris' Fightin' Maidens did.
Jacksonville came away with a pair of wins and the satisfaction of playing No. 19 (Class 3A) Canton to the wire before falling, 45-40.
The Maidens (11-8) opened the tournament by getting past a talented Sulphur Springs club, 47-39.
Jasmine Parson dumped in 18 points to guide the Maidens to victory while Inchantra Kendrick popped in 14 and Monica Franklin added nine.
Jacksonville outscored Sulphur Springs (12-2) 25-19 in the second half to nail down the win.
The Indian girls' other triumph came against Venus on Saturday.
Jacksonville romped out to a 30-16 lead at intermission and never looked back.
Parson was once again the team's high scorer (15) while TaSheena Canady and Franklin pitched in 10 apiece as nine Maidens scored at least two points in the contest.
Trailing 25-16 at the half against the Eaglettes of Canton, the Maidens cut the margin to three going into the final frame, but could get no closer.
Franklin wound up with 16 for Jacksonville, followed by Parson with 14.
The Maidens' remaining setback came at the hands of Frisco Centennial on Friday, when Jacksonville dropped a 46-35 decision.
Parson knocked in 19 for Jacksonville, with Franklin adding nine.