For the first time in 10 years the Jacksonville Basketball Maidens are district champions.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Fightin' Maidens nailed down the title on Tuesday evening at the John Alexander Gymnasium by trampling the Lady Dragons of Nacogdoches, 60-25.
“It feels good to see this group of girls accomplish our goal of winning a district championship,” Fightin' Maiden head coach Lynn Nabi said. “You know, last year we finished as the district runner-up and every since that time, all through the summer, that has been all that we have talked about...winning district.”
There was never any doubt that the Maidens would be hoisting the trophy at center court following the tilt, as Jacksonville jumped out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter of play.
The Maidens (21-8, 12-0) went on to lead 34-10 at intermission.
Tamia Tucker, a player who has blossomed down the stretch for Jacksonville, led her team in scoring with 17 points.
Grace Abercrombie recorded a solid night's work (12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocked shots) and Alexis Calderon dumped in 15 points.
Abercrombie drained three treys and Calderon swished a pair of 3-pointers.
Completing the scoring for Jacksonville was Ka'Lessia Anderson with eight points, Trinya Matlock with six and Tyshera Gipson, who had two points.
Anderson paced the Maidens rebounding effort with nine.
The Maidens will host Whitehouse on Friday and conclude the regular season on Feb. 11 at Pine Tree.
“It is an advantage for us to get the district championship taken care of early,” Nabi said. “We can focus on honoring our seniors on Friday with Senior Night, and work on doing the things that we need to do to get ready for the playoffs.
“We will still take things one game at a time, but from a coaching standpoint we are able to start scouting our first round playoff opponent and start putting together a game plan, so that is huge for us.”
Jacksonville will take on the fourth-place representative out of District 15-5A, most likely either Sulphur Springs or Lindale, either on Feb. 17 or 18.