Jacksonville rallied after trailing by double digits for most of the first half, but couldn’t close the deal down the stretch as El Paso Burges held on to defeat the Maidens 35-32 in the first round of the Ennis Lady Lion Tournament on Thursday.
The Lady Mustangs, who advanced to the Area Round of the state Class 4A playoffs a year ago, went out to take a 31-17 lead at intermission before Jacksonville (3-5) got back on track in the second half.
The Maidens outscored the Lady Mustangs in both the third (8-2) and in the final period (7-2), but couldn’t get crucial baskets late that were needed to surpass Burges on the scoreboard.
“We had multiple chances to get close but missed multiple shots in the lane in the fourth quarter,” Jacksonville head coach Allan Pope said. “(Sametria) Baker had a good look at a 3-pointer at the buzzer off an inbound play that bounced off the rim that would have tied the game for us.”
Chancii Scott led the Maidens in scoring with 10 points with Jasmine Parson adding eight and Amber Hawkins knocking down seven.
Stacie Telles had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Mustangs.
The Maidens were scheduled to play two games on Friday, but results from those games were not available as of press time.
Jacksonville is off on Tuesday, but will open play in the Brownsboro Great East Texas Shootout at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday against Kerens.
El Paso Burges 35
Jacksonville 32 (girls)
El Paso Burges 21 10 2 2 — 35
Jacksonville 11 6 8 7 — 32
Burges — Bowie, 7; Telles, 14, Lawrence, 12; Coleman, 2.
Jacksonville — Amber Hawkins, 7; Jasmine Parsons, 8; Chancii Scott, 10; Shunterial Sessions, 5; Alex Smith, 2.