Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 4, 2013

JHS girls stay in playoff hunt by nipping Lady Bulldogs

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —

Boy what a huge point Chancii Scott’s eighth and final point of the night turned out to be for the Fight’n Maidens of Jacksonville on Friday.

Scott went to the free throw line with 31 seconds to go with Jacksonville owning a three-point advantage over Corsicana.

She missed her first shot, but canned the second, which quickly proved to be the game-winning point as the Maidens escaped a valiant Corsicana upset bid by slipping past the Lady Bulldogs 40-39.

The Jacksonville (17-15, 4-5 District 16-4A) win coupled to Whitehouse’s 52-49 loss to John Tyler on Friday put the JHS gals a game up on the Ladycats for fourth place in the league, with each team having one regular season game remaining.

Four teams from the circuit will advance to post season play with Lindale, Nacogdoches and John Tyler already having locked up their respective spots.

Jacksonville hosts Nacogdoches at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday and a win over the Lady Dragons will garner the Maidens a playoff berth, regardless of the outcome of the Whitehouse vs. Lindale game.

The game was full of drama, right down to the final buzzer.

After Scott’s free throw, a Maiden was whistled for a foul on Corsicana’s Calae Wilson who was in the act of shooting a desperation triple off of the right wing.

Wilson, who led the lady Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points then went to the line and sank three-consecutive shots from the stripe to pull Corsicana to within a single point, 40-39, with 3.2 ticks showing on the scoreboard.

After Wilson made her first try, jacksonville head coach Tony Harris called back-to-back timeouts to apparently try to ice Wilson, but to no avail.

The game ended just as a Maiden lost the ball in front of the Corsicana bench on the ensueing play following Wilson’s freebies.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Jasmine parson with 13.

Keevie Mathis added six, while Cayron Christopher and Sametria Baker had four each.

DeMonica Franklin put in three and Inchantra Kendrick completed the scoring for Jacksonville by getting two points.

Parson collared eight rebounds and Franklin added six.

The game was tied at 24 at intermission.