Jacksonville Daily Progress
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.
The Ladyjacks played a turnover-free quarter in the third, while forcing Jacksonville to surrender the ball 10 times. For the game the Maidens had 29 turnovers to Diboll's 17.
Jacksonville won the battle of the boards, 39-36.
Monica Franklin tallied eight points for the Maidens to go along with a game-high 12 caroms.
Diboll's Tiffany Simmons tossed in nine points and came away with eight boards.
Jacksonville will visit Palestine at 6:30 .m. Tuesday.
The Ladyjacks won the junior varsity contest, 45-37. After trailing by 18 at the half the Maidens closed ground in the final half by refusing to surrender.
Alycia Boykin topped out with nine points to pace the Jacksonville attack.
Neither school fielded a freshmen team.
Diboll 41, Jacksonville 39
Diboll 7 7 13 14 — 41
Jacksonville 15 4 6 14 — 39
Diboll (2-0) — Lexus Hamilton, 16; Kamry Mott, 4; Tiffany Simmons, 9; Kyla Cunningham, 2; Mia Williams, 4; Clay, 2; Hubbard, 4.
Jacksonville (1-1) — Jasmine Parson, 16; TaSheena Canady, 5; Aisha Griffin, 4; Inchantra Kendrick, 4; Monica Franklin, 8; Moquesha Robertson, 2; Mattie Mathis, 0; Jada Parson, 0; Mireya Gaitan, 0
Free Throws — D- 9-15 (60%), J- 2-9 (22.2%).
Rebounds — D- 36 (Williams, 9); J- 39 (Franklin, 12).
Turnovers — D-17; J-29.
Junior varsity — Diboll 45, Jacksonville 37.
Next Game — Jacksonville at Palestine, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.