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.”
Jacksonville led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, but Westwood was able to peel off a 9-0 run to cut the margin to 16 points, 48-32, going into the last period of action.
Thanks to Canady's hot hand from afar, Jacksonville was able to close things out on solid footing.
Jacksonville out rebounded the Lady Panthers, 37-29, with Parson leading the way with nine.
The Maidens played a pretty clean game, committing just eight turnovers while forcing the visitors to surrender the rock 17 times.
The bulk of Westwood's points — 19 to be exact — came from the charity line as the Maiden defense held the Lady Panthers to 27-percent (10-of-37) from the field.
Westwood's Natali Muniz led all players with 22 points.
The Jacksonville girls are back in action at 6:45 p.m. Friday when they journey to Lovelady.
“We have a lot of games coming up,” Harris said. “We owe Lovelady a game Friday and we then have tournaments in Hawkins and Brownsboro in consecutive weekends.”
Jacksonville destroyed the Lady Panthers in the junior varsity contest, winning 50-18. Alycia Boykin knocked down 17 points for the Maidens while Nay Fuller and Madison Franklin tossed in nine apiece.
Jacksonville 64, Palestine Westwood 42
Westwood 10 8 14 10 — 42
Jacksonville 26 9 13 16 — 64
Westwood (1-5) — Mi'Kayla Benson, 10; Alexis Hatten, 7; Natali Munoz, 22; Kimmie Hutchinson, 3.
Jacksonville (4-1) — Jasmine Parson, 15; Tanna Ivey, 2; TaSheena Canady, 14; Aisha Griffin, 2; Jada Parson, 3; Inchantra Kendrick, 17; Monica Franklin, 7; Mireya Guitan, 3; Moquesha Robertson, 1; Maddy Mathis, 0.
Free Throws — W-19-27 (70.4%); J- 12-17 (70.6%).
3-Pointers — W- 3-8 (37.5%), Muniz (2); J- 7-14 (50%), Canady (4).
Rebounds — W- 29 (Benson, 11); J- 37 (Jasmne Parson, 9).
Turnovers — W- 17; J- 8.
Technical fouls — W- none; J-Coach Tony Harris.
Junior varsity — Jacksonville 50, Westwood 18.
Next game — Jacksonville at Lovelady, 6:45 p.m., Friday