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November 13, 2013

Late free throws push Diboll past Fight'n Maidens

JHS's Jasmine Parson erupts for double-double

JACKSONVILLE —

Tuesday's home opener for the Jacksonville Fight'n Maidens had quite a few ebb and flows and wasn't decided until the final seconds, which gave those fans in attendance plenty to get excited about as the Maidens played the first varsity game in their new home, the JISD Gymnasium, which was previously known as the Lon Morris College Smith Events Center.

Diboll improved to 2-0 on the young season by draining 3-of-4 free throws in the final 11.1 seconds to edge the Maidens, 41-39.

The Maidens had an off night at the free throw line, making just 2-of-9 (22.2%) attempts.

Jacksonville is now 1-1, having beaten Tyler Lee in the season opener last week.

Jacksonville trailed by four points, 29-25, entering the final quarter and forged to the front when Inchantra Kendrick hit two free throws that put the Maidens on top, 37-36, with 2:29 left to play.

That's when the Ladyjacks went on a timely mini run and outscored Jacksonville, 5-2, the rest of the way to notch the hard-fought victory.

Prior to Diboll's success at the charity stripe in the waning moments, the Maidens were able to hold a 39-38 edge with 25 ticks showing on the clock following a mid-range pull-up jumper by Jasmine Parson.

Parson led Jacksonville in scoring with 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and three steals.

Her Diboll counterpart, Lexus Hamilton, who also wore No. 3 on her jersey, dumped in 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half.

Hamilton, a senior, went 3-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the second half to spark the Ladyjacks.

Jacksonville came out hot on the cold evening and owned the first quarter, outscoring the visitors, 15-7.

The Maidens led 19-14 at the break.

The third stanza was all Diboll as the Ladyjacks scored 13 points in the frame while holding the Maidens to just six points.

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