Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 19, 2014

Maiden standouts, Parson, Franklin garner 16-4A first team accolades

Canady, Kendrick second teamers; Gaitan makes honorable mention

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —

A couple of mainstays on the Jacksonville High School girls basketball team have been honored by being named to the 16-4A All District team as first team selections.

Senior guard Jasmine Parson, the team's spark plug was one of the dozen young ladies that landed on the first team.

Parson's playing days could continue on at the collegiate level as at least two Texas junior colleges have expressed an interest in her services.

Junior forward Damonica Franklin also picked up a first team laud.

Franklin provided a strong interior presence for the Maidens and was among her team's top scorers and rebounders.

Jacksonville also had two players named to the second team.

Junior TaSheena Canady and 10th-grader Inchantra Kendrick were the recipients of those honors.

Finally, sophomore Mireya Gaitan was the Fightin' Maidens' lone honorable mention pick.

Ashtyn Beal, a John Tyler sophomore, won the Most Valuable Player award.

Offensive MVP went to Natasha Malone, a senior from Lindale.

John Tyler's Amia Wickware, a junior, hauled in the Defensive MVP accolade.

Newcomer of the Year was awarded to McKenna Cox, a Lindale 10th grader.

Meanwhile, John Tyler head coach Mike Smith took home Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lady Lions to the district title.