Tigerette varsity fall to Jim Ned
GLEN ROSE – Jacksboro Coach Todd Matlock was asked before Saturday afternoon’s championship game in a tournament here about the absence of his customary tie. He countered that his Tigerettes had won three straight games in the tourney and didn’t want to rock the boat vs. No. 12 Tuscola Jim Ned.
Maybe he should have.
The Lady Indians shot 54 percent from the field and buried seven three-pointers in taking control early to post a 55-25 victory over Jacksboro, which drops to 6-4 with the setback. To reach the championship of the 12-team tournament, the Tigerettes defeated Class 4A Alvarado, Burkburnett, and Burnet.
The squads were tied at four, courtesy of a Baylee Thompson bucket and Trinity Tisdale free throws before Jim Ned went on a 10-0 skein. Senior Jordan Nichols had a bucket and three-pointer late to end the run but Jacksboro, which shot 38 percent in the first compared to Jim Ned’s 67 percent, was down 14-9 after one.
Nichols cut the lead to six with the lone Tigerette basket in the second frame. She added the other two points via free throws as well.
Jim Ned had a trio of three-pointers in the quarter as guard Jenna Muniz warmed up to help give her squad a 15-point halftime lead, 28-13, For the half, Jim Ned was 11-18 shooting compared to Jacksboro 4-15.
The Tigerettes had a slow offensive start in the second half, missing all 13 shots from the field in the second quarter which enabled the Lady Indians to double their lead to 26. Free throws from Thompson and Leah Plaster were the only Tigerette points as Jacksboro was down 41-15 heading into the final eight minutes.
Thompson’s layin 90 seconds into the fourth was the first Jacksboro hoop of the second half. She would add another, as would Nichols and Tisdale but the 4-8 shooting quarter, the best of the day for the Purple, would not be enough.
Matlock said this is probably not the last time the squad will see Jim Ned.
“We’ll be better the next time we see them,” Matlock said. “I didn’t want to run a zone against them this early but that may have slowed down a lot of what they were doing.”
Thompson and Nichols each had nine to pace Jacksboro with Muniz’s 14 points highlighting three in double figures for Jim Ned.
The Tigerettes head to Peaster this weekend for the 920 Shootout which began Thursday and runs through Saturday.