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D. J. McDuff, Jr. of Rusk puts a jumper up during a game late last month

High school basketball will get under way in earnest tonight at gymnasiums all across the area with a full slate of both non-district as well as conference affairs scheduled.

At 7:00 p.m. in Jacksonville, the Maidens, 9-8 overall, 1-2 in District 14-4A, will look to even their loop docket when they host the Lady Mavericks from Marshall.

Jacksonville went 1-4 in the Willis Taco Bell Holiday Classic late-last week, but, three of the team's defeats were by two points or less.

The Jacksonville boys will travel to Marshall for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against the Mavericks.

Both teams last played a district affair on Dec. 20 when the Tribe disposed of Whitehouse, while the Mavs came up on the short end at Kilgore.

Jacksonville is 12-6, 1-0 in league play, and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Suddenlink Dragon Classic that was held in Nacogdoches last week.

After losing to T. K. Gorman and Liberty Eylau in the Cougar-Patriot Classic late-last week, the Lady Panthers of Bullard (14-7) will be looking to get back in the win column when they entertain Longview Spring Hill at 6 p.m.

The Bullard boys have the night off, but will knock the rust off on Friday with a trip to Grapeland (7:30 p.m. tip).

Both Rusk teams will be traveling tonight as the Eagles have a date against Palestine (7:30 p.m.) while the Lady Eagles will take on Henderson at 7:30 p.m.

Both the Eagles and Lady Eagles have gotten off to slow starts this season, with both units hoping for better outcomes in 2012.

Troup hosts Winona in a district doubleheader at Tiger Gymnasium, with the girls game slated for 6 p.m. and the boys set to go around 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers, who have been state ranked for several weeks this season, are now 11-7 on the year.

The Lady Tigers will take a 5-9 worksheet into tonight's contest.

Brook Hill will be making the long journey to Red Oak to scrap with Ovilla Christian, in non-district play.

The Lady Guard will get things rolling at 6 p.m., with the boys game to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Brook Hill is 6-8 on the year and is coming off a strong showing in the Wagstaff Classic.

Also playing away from home will be the New Summerfield Hornets and Lady Hornets.

The NS boys will be visiting Martinsville for a 6:30 p.m. match-up.

At 5 p.m the NS girls, who posted a 51-48 win over Fruitvale last week, are scheduled to play Palestine, a Class 3A outfit, inside the Lady Wildcats' home gym.

This will be the NS girls' final non-district game.

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