Fightin' Maiden hoopsters eager to get the season started

Tamia Tucker, right, of Jacksonville is seen action during a game last season. Tucker is one of seven seniors on this year's Fightin' Maiden squad. The team is slated to open the reguLar season by entertaining Longview on Nov. 9 (time to be announced).

With Jacksonville Fightin Maiden volleyball having wrapped up on Tuesday night, several of Fightin Maiden basketball's key players are now available for duty.

The Jacksonville girls have been practicing since Oct. 23, the first day that workout sessions were allowed by University Interscholastic League rules; albeit in a shorthanded fashion, with Tykeria Tilley, Ka'Lessia Anderson and Tamia Tucker being unavailable due to volleyball commitments.

Jacksonville will scrimmage Teague and Brownsboro at home on Saturday (time to be announced) and will journey to Lufkin on Nov. 6 for its final dress rehearsal, before opening the regular season at home on Sat., Nov. 9 versus Longview (times to be announced).

Jacksonville returns a veteran squad this year with seven seniors on the roster.

In addition to Tilley, Anderson and Tucker, other seniors include, Tyshera Gipson, Trinya Matlock, Jakayla Young and Tori Snyder.

Also back are juniors Grace Abercrombie, an All-East Texas selection last year, and point guard Alexis Calderon.

The Jacksonville girls will play in four tournaments — Van Tournament (Nov. 14-16), Athens Tournament (Dec. 5-7), Brownsboro Great East Texas Shootout (Dec. 12-14) and the Dallas Coke Tournament (Dec. 26-28). this season.

Nabi has upgraded the non-conference schedule by bringing Canton to the John Alexander Gymnasium and adding road games with Red Oak and Winnsboro.

“It was our goal to play as many playoff-caliber teams as we could schedule to prepare us for the post season,” Nabi said. “By adding teams like Canton, Red Oak and Winnsboro, plus playing in the Dallas Coke Classic over the holiday break, I think we have significantly toughened up our schedule.”

Conference play is scheduled to get under way on Jan. 3, 2020 in Marshall.

The Maidens finished as the District 16-5A runner up last season and were an area finalist.


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