Jacksonville ladies sew up undefeated district campaign

Jacksonville beat Pine Tree 62-18 on Tuesday to complete an undefeated district campaign. The Fightin' Maidens will open the playoffs against either Lindale or Sulphur Springs early next week.

LONGVIEW — Jacksonville's Fightin' Maidens put the cherry on the sundae Tuesday night at Pirate Center in Longview.

Having already procured the District 16-5A championship last week, the Maidens completed a perfect march through district by steamrolling Pine Tree, 62-18.

Jacksonville, ranked No. 15 in the state, closes out the regular season with a 23-8 overall record, 14-0 in league play.

“I think finishing 14-0 makes winning the district championship even sweeter,” Fightin' Maiden head coach Lynn Nabi said. “Many games this year we did not play particularly well, there were several games that we kids out due to injuries, so to go undefeated in district surprised me.”

Alexis Calderon scored 18 points to lead Jacksonville, with Grace Abercrombie pitching in 12 and Tamia Tucker 11.

The game was called by the Pine Tree game administrator and the officials with 1:46 left to play after a couple of players let their tempers get the best of them, which led to an on-court dust up.

“Jakayla Anthony and one of the Pine Tree players got into a skirmish that escalated following a free throw,” Nabi explained. “I think the right call was made to end the game at that point.

“I would like to apologize to the folks at Pine Tree. We didn't want the (regular) season to end like that.”

Nabi said that Anthony will not be available for the Maidens' bi-district game early next week.

Jacksonville will have to wait to Friday night to find out its bi-district opponent as Lindale and Sulphur Springs ended the regular season tied for fourth place in District 15-5A. Those two clubs will face off Friday in a play-in tilt.

If Lindale wins, Jacksonville's bi-district game will be Monday evening at Tyler Junior College (time to be announced).

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