To the casual basketball fan it may be hard to believe that a team can gain a lot from a blowout win.
Jacksonville's Maidens whipped up on Westwood's Lady Panthers, 64-42, before a nice-sized crowd Tuesday evening at the JISD Gymnasium, and in the process Jacksonville head coach Tony Harris was able to garner a little bit of insight into his squad.
“The thing that impressed me the most was that our team recognized who was hot (shooting) throughout the night and we were able to not only define who that was, but we were able to get the ball to them as well,” Harris said.
Harris brought up a very valid point as three Maidens experienced hot streaks at different times in the game that really kept Westwood guessing defensively.
Jasmine Parson took control of things early on and scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half as the Maidens (4-1) enjoyed a commanding, 35-18, lead after two quarters of play.
Parson cooled off in the second half, but Inchantra Kendrick picked up the slack by going 5-of-6 from the free throw line in a period that the Lady Panthers (1-5) outscored Jacksonville, 14-13.
Jacksonville fed the ball to Kendrick in the paint and Westwood choose to steadily foul her as opposed to giving up an easy bucket from underneath.
The Maidens' final offensive player of impact was TaSheena Canady.
Canady ended up with 14 points, which was highlighted by three triples in the fourth stanza. Canady went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the second half.
Nine of the 10 Maidens that played cracked the scoring column Tuesday, which was something that Harris enjoyed seeing.
“We got a couple of kids in some foul trouble and we had to go to our bench,” Harris explained. “Our reserves responded well when called on and there is a confidence that comes with that, because we never know when we will have to call on them.”