He asked for 16 minutes, nothing more, nothing less.
The Jacksonville Fight’n Maidens gave head coach Tony Harris exactly what he asked for by outscoring Nacogdoches 37-15 in those 16 minutes and as a result the Jacksonville girls earned a 58-35 victory over the Lady Dragons in the District 16-4A regular-season finale for both clubs.
The game was played before a near=capacity gathering at the JHS Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Jacksonville ends the regular season with an 18-15 overall record, 5-5 in District.
The Lady Dragons finish 20-13, 5-5.
Jacksonville swept the season series against Nacogdoches which means the Maidens will enter the state Class 4A playoffs early next week as the third-place representative out of the loop, while the Lady Dragons will go in as the fourth-place club and will draw the top seed rom District 15-4A in the bi-district round.
The Maidens will play either Red Oak or Mansfield Summit in their bi-District affair.
More information concerning that game will be available later in the week.
Jacksonville held a slim 21-20 edge, to start the final half, but scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take control of the momentum and the game.
Nacogdoches came out flat in the second half where they wer held to 27.2% (6-22) from the field.
The Lady Dragons also missed chances from the free throw line.
The Lady Dragons canned just 3-11 (27.3%) from the line in the final 16 minutes of play and left too many points on the court to have a chance at victory.
DeMonica Franklin knocked a shot in from close range with 1:41 left in the third that put Jacksonville in front 37-26 and the Maidens were able to keep the score in double digits the rest of the way.
The Maidens extended thier margin to 20 points, 55-35, with 58 seconds to play following a Chancii Scott layup after a Nacogdoches turnover.
Scott led all players with 18 points, with 13 of those coming in the final half.
Jasmine Parson also ended her night in double figures by pouring in 14 points.
Completing the scoring for the winners was Sametria Baker (8), Franklin (8), Keevie Mathis (6) and Inchantra Kendrick who added four.
Six of Baker’s points came on treys that she sank in the second stanza.
Charity Page led the Lady Dragons offensively by pumping in 17 points, nine of which came in the second quarter.
Page also led all players with 12 rebounds.
Jacksonville forced the Lady Dragons to turn the ball over 21 times.
Conversely, the Jacksonville girls committed just 12 mistakes on the night.
NOTE — Tuesday was Senior Night at the JHS Gymnasium, with three Maidens (Chancii Scott, Keevie Mathis and Sametria Baker) being honored at half court immediately following the girl’s game.
Scott plans to attend college and major in nursing, while Mathis will also be majoring in nursing at UT-Austin.
Baker plans to attend UT-Arlington and major in kinesiology.