Tucker, Fightin' Maidens lasso Lady Mavericks, 72-40

Jacksonville's Ka'Lessia Anderson, right, and Tami Tucker (23) double team Marshall's Katelynn Jones on Tuesday when the Maidens spanked the Lady Maveriscks, 72-40. Tucker scored 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Anderson added 11 points and 12 boards.

Senior Tamia Tucker had a game to remember on Tuesday evening at the John Alexander Gymnasium.

The 5-foot-11-senior power forward scored 14 points and snatched down a game-best 16 rebounds (14 offensive boards) to help No. 18-ranked Jacksonville trounce Marshall, 72-40.

The win sets the stage for Jacksonville's Friday night meeting against the Lady Pack in Lufkin.

The Fightin' Maidens are 19-8, 10-0 and are in first place in the league standings, while the Lady Pack are 9-1 in conference play.

Jacksonville topped Lufkin, 57-19, when the two clubs met in Jacksonville on Jan. 7.

Jacksonville head girls basketball coach Lynn Nabi said that he believes his team got what it needed from the one-sided victory over Marshall.

“Everyone got a lot of playing time and everyone that played scored, so that is good for everyone's confidence heading into a big game against Lufkin (on) Friday,” he said.

Jacksonville took the lead for good just 2:44 into the game and led 22-8 after one period of action.

After outscoring the Lady Mavs 18-2 in the second frame, the Maidens made their way to the dressing room holding a 40-10 lead at the break.

The Maidens' only flaw in the game was a less-than-stellar third quarter, even though the home team won the segment, 13-10.

“We played lazy in the third quarter,” Nabi said. “Anytime you take the starters out and start substituting freely, you lose intensity. There is a fine line there. You never want to embarrass another team, and you want to get some of (the non-starters) as much experience as you can, because with the playoffs right around the corner, you never know when you will need them.”

The 70 points scored by the Maidens was the most by Jacksonville since garnering a 69-33 decision over the Lady Mavs in Marshall on Jan. 3.

“The points are nice, but what probably impressed me the most was our rebounding,” Nabi said. “We have really been rebounding the ball well lately and that gets second chances for our offense.”

Jacksonville amassed 56 caroms in the tilt, with 36 of those coming on the offensive end.

Tyshera Gipson added 12 points and came down with 13 rebounds (9 offensive).

Other Maidens that generated noteworthy efforts included Ka'Lessia Anderson with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Grace Abercrombie, who tossed in points to along with 10 boards. Abercrombie also dropped in three of Jacksonville's five treys.

Jakayla Young knocked down seven points for the winning team.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Jacksonville 25, Marshall 21.



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