Maidens fail to finish in 29-28 loss to Tyler Lee

Ka'Lessia Anderson of Jacksonville drives past Tyler Lee's  Hanna Haynes during a non-district game on Tuesday night in Jacksonville. The Lady Raiders nipped the Maidens, 29-28.

A playoff-like atmosphere greeted teams from Jacksonville and Tyler Lee on Tuesday night at the John Alexander Gymnasium.

The visitors were able to hold on late to win 29-28 and move to 2-0.

Trailing by one, Jacksonville's Tykeria Tilley came down with a rebound when Lee's Alicia Thorne missed the front end of a one-and-one with 18 seconds remaining.

The Fightin' Maidens (2-1) pushed the ball up the floor in a hurry and Alexis Calderon was able to get a close range shot off at the 9 second mark.

The shot missed the cup, but Calderon came up with the rebound, looped around the lane and lofted another shot with two ticks left. That shot was off the mark as well.

“We had two decent shots (in the closing seconds) and neither one went in; that's basketball. Sometimes the shots drop in and sometimes they don't,” Jacksonville head girl's basketball coach Lynn Nabi said. “I didn't think we did a good job with our free throws, and that hurt is in a close game like this.”

The Maidens shot 3-10 (30-percent) from the charity line.

The Lady Raiders turned the ball over 16 times, compared to Jacksonville's nine, but the Maidens were not able to take advantage of that.

The Maidens' only lead of the night came with 4:56 to go in the third quarter. That's when Ka'Lessia Anderson dropped in a deuce that made the score 19-18.

Jacksonville's Grace Abercrombie led all players with 15 points. She also had four rebounds and a steal.

Tykeria Tilley and Anderson ended up with six apiece for the Maidens. Anderson tossed in seven rebounds, which included four offensive boards and a blocked shot.

Thorne led Lee with nine points.

Jacksonville was able to hold TCU-commit Aaliyah Morgan to seven points.




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