Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 14, 2013

Jacksonville girls fall to state-ranked Lady Eagles

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Maidens found out the true meaning of finishing strong on Friday evening at the JHS Gymnasium.

After battling No. 18-ranked Lindale on fairly even terms for three quarters, the Maidens lost thier collective shooting touch in the final frame and as a result the Lady Eagles were able to walk away with a hard-earned 54-41 decision over the Jacksonville girls.

Lindale moves to 19-4, 3-0 in district, with the win and stays atop the league standings, while Jacksonville dips to 14-12, 1-2.

The Maidens are on the road next week, with a visit to Corsicana on tap for Tuesday evening and a Friday night trip to Nacogdoches to follow.

Lindale took a 36-33 lead into the final stanza and quickly went on a 9-2 run to go up by 10, 45-35 with 4:40 to play in the game.

The Maidens opened the segment by going 1-of-6 from the field and finished the quarter shooting just 13.3-percent (2-of-15) from the field.

By contrast Lindale shot 5-of-11 (45.4%) on field goals in the fourth as well as in the first and third periods., with most of the Lady Eagles’ damage coming from the paint where they took advantage of having three starters at 5-foot-10 or taller.

Lindale led by as many as 15 points, 54-37, following a basket by Zhanenna Geathers that came with 43 seconds left in the tilt.

Gathers scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for the winners, but high-scoring honors fro the Lady Eagles went to Natasha Malone who fired in 15 points,nine of which came in the final half.

Jasmine Parson and Chancii Scott teamed up to provide the Maidens with a strong one-two punch.

Parson was the game’s leading scorer, with 18 points and Scott added 10.

Scott completed her double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds for the Maidens.

Inchantra Kendrick put in five, DeMonica Franklin added four and Sametria Baker and Keevie Mathis had two points each.