NACOGDOCHES — Jacksonville unleashed a triple-threat attack that proved to be too much for last-place Nacogdoches to handle Tuesday evening.
The Fightin' Maidens closed out the regular season by spoiling Senior Night at Nacogdoches' Dragon Coliseum via a 52-31 triumph over the Lady Dragons.
Jacksonville, who has sewed up a playoff berth, ended the regular season with a 16-13 overall worksheet, 5-5 in 16-4A.
The Maidens will open the state Class 4A playoffs early next week against an opponent to be determined out of District 15-4A. Mansfield Summit and Arlington Seguin are the leading candidates to oppose the Jacksonville girls in the playoff opener.
Jacksonville's top scorer, Jasmine Parson, was forced to the pine with 2:12 to play in the third period after being.
The Maidens held a precarious, 30-22, edge when Parson was sent to the bench.
At that point DaMonica Franklin and Inchantra Kendrick stepped up their respective games, however, and thanks in part to the duo's strong play inside, Jacksonville was able to take a 34-26 lead into the final quarter.
The Jacksonville girls put the exclamation point on the verdict by bullying the Lady Dragons in the final stanza where Jacksonville outscored the home team, 18-6.
Parson led the Maidens in scoring by pouring in 17 points, with Franklin and Kendrick adding 12 apiece.
TaSheena Canady chipped in with eight points and also picked up a lot of the slack in the second half when Parson was on the sidelines.
Jacksonville will take a two game winning streak into post season.