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January 29, 2014

Lindale rallies from 18 down to nip Maidens, 40-38



Tuesday's District 16-4A matchup between the Maidens of Jacksonville and the visiting Lindale Lady Eagles changed about as drastically as the East Texas weather is known for doing.

After playing one of their stronger quarters of the season to open the affair, the Maidens' fortunes flipped quickly as Lindale closed the game out on a 38-18 run to upend the Maidens, 40-38, at the JISD Gymnasium Tuesday night.

The Maidens led 20-2 with just over six minutes to play in the first half and eventually took a 23-10 lead into the dressing room at the break.

Jacksonville held Lindale (16-10, 5-2 16-4A) to 12.5-percent (2 of 16) from the field in the opening half while forcing the Lady Eagles to turn the ball over 14 times in the first 16 minutes of play.

The tide turned for the Maidens (14-13, 3-5) in the third quarter when starters Jasmine Parson and DaMonica Franklin were forced to the bench as a result of being in foul trouble midway of the period.

Lindale capitalized by outscoring Jacksonville 13-3 in the third frame while reducing the Maiden lead to 26-25 after three complete.

The seventh lead change of the final frame resulted in a 39-38 Lady Eagle lead that came with 11 ticks left in the last quarter.

That's when Lindale's Natasha Malone drove in a put back from underneath the cup to give the Lady Eagles the lead for good.

Malone was the game's high scorer with 17 points — she also shagged a team-best 13 rebounds.

Jacksonville got one last shot off with :04 showing on the clock, but the short-range try was unsuccessful, which allowed Lindale to escape with the victory.

Inchantra Kendrick canned 15 points to earn high scoring honors for the home team.

Jacksonville's Jasmine Parson, who was honored as the Maidens' lone senior in a pre-game ceremony at center court, finished with 10 points.

Franklin was a rebounding machine, as she hauled in a game-high 15 caroms.

Mireya Gaitan tossed in five, followed by TaSheena Canady with four.

Completing the scoring for the Maidens were Jada Parson and Franklin, who added two points each.

Jacksonville will visit Corsicana on Friday. Tip off is slated for 6:15 p.m.



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