Tigerettes have busy weekend in Wichita Falls
WICHITA FALLS – Jacksboro’s girls basketball squad had a solid weekend at the Fantasy of Lights Small School Tournament in Wichita Falls.
The girls finished in the top four of the 16-team event. The girls opened the tournament Friday with wins over Troy, 56-37, and Van Alstyne, 44-43. Saturday, the girls lost to Martin’s Mill, 76-34 in the semifinals.
Brief summaries of both games follow:
Jacksboro 56, Troy 37
In Friday’s opener, the Tigerettes pulled away in the middle quarters to win.
The Trojanettes, led 10-9 after one frame behind five points from Baylee Thompson and three from Brynn Pardue. Jacksboro then broke out to an 18-point second quarter, with Thompson’s five points and four from junior guard Hadlee Richardson leading the charge. Troy was held to 11 points which enabled the Purple to take a 27-21 lead at halftime.
Jacksboro poured in another 21 points in the third quarter. Stefy Piedra led the way with five points with Richardson adding four and Morgyn Green three. Troy was held to 10 third-quarter points as the Tigerettes led 48-32 after three frames.
Green and Richardson each had three points in the fourth for the majority of Jacksboro’s eight points in the quarter. Thompson had 13 points to lead the Tigerettes. Richardson had a season-high 11and Green nine.
Jacksboro 44, Van Alstyne 43
The Tigerettes got out to a big first-quarter lead and then had to hold on to protect the win which moved the squad into the final four.
Thompson exploded for 21 first quarter points in helping Jacksboro out to a 23-6 lead on the Lady Panthers. Van Alstyne began the comeback, outscoring Jacksboro 14-8 in the second. The Tigerettes were paced by Green with three points and Thompson and Traci Berend with two each as Jacksboro led 31-20 at the half.
Brynn Pardue’s three-pointer accounted for three of Jacksboro’s four third quarter points. Van Alstyne knocked its deficit down to five points entering the fourth quarter, 35-30.
Green tossed in five points in the fourth frame, more than half of the nine points the Tigerettes scored which proved to be just enough to hold on for the victory.
Thompson had 25 tallies and Green eight for the Purple.
Martin’s Mill 76, Jacksboro 34
The defending large school champion of the tournament and Class 2A State TournamentThompson’s pair of buckets on consectivecruised to a big first quarter lead and kept extending it.
Jacksboro got out to a quick 4-0 lead on a pair of Thompson buckets with barely thirty seconds gone. Martin’s Mill jumped out on a 15-0 run in the quarter before Richardson snapped the skein.
Jacksboro converted 50 percent of its first quarter shots but still found itself down 22-7 with eight minutes in the books. The Tigerettes scored 13 points in the second, eight of them coming from the free throw line.
Pardue had the first three-pointer for the Tigerettes. Martin’s Mill added another pair from outside the arc as part of its 19-point second quarter too extend the lead to 42-20 at the half.
Thompson’s pair of buckets on consecutive possessions to get within 20 but Jacksboro would miss its last six shots from the floor in the quarter. Martin’s Mill upped its lead to 30, 54-24 after three frames.
Four of Martin Mill’s 11 three-pointers came in the fourth quarter, which enabled the squad to put four players in double figures.
Jacksboro was led by Thompson with 17 points.
The Tigerettes ended their tournament with a 73-30 loss to Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill.