LUFKIN — Historically speaking, the Lufkin Middle School Gymnasium has not been one of the more friendly venues for the Jacksonville High School girl's basketball team.
That changed on Friday night when the Fightin' Maidens ran rough shod over the Lady Pack, winning, 44-23.
Jacksonville (20-8, 11-0) strengthened its grip on first place in the District 16-5A standings with the victory. Lufkin (9-2 in 16-5A) remains in second place, with both of the Lady Pack losses coming against Jacksonville.
With a win over Nacogdoches on Tuesday (6:15 p.m., John Alexander Gymnasium) the Jacksonville girls can clinch at least a share of the district championship.
The Maidens posted another defensive gem on Friday by holding Lufkin to five points in the first half. Jacksonville carried a 19-5 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Tamia Tucker sank 16 points and Ka'Lessia Anderson chipped in 14 to fuel the Maidens on offense.
Grace Abercrombie knocked down 11 points, which included three shots from beyond the arc.