Tigerettes upend 16th-ranked Brock
When you double team one person, that allows one person to be wide open.
With Brock focusing its defensive efforts on junior post Baylee Thompson, sometimes double and triple teaming her, that left some Tigerettes open. That was most notably senior guard Jordan Nichols who was able to bury four three-pointers and help offensively at crucial times Tuesday night.
With both teams tied for second at 4-1 in District 7-3A, Jacksboro’s 47-41 victory over the 16th-ranked Lady Eagles (4-2 and 21-8) gave the squad a healthy dose of adrenaline heading into the second round of district next week. Jacksboro Coach Todd Matlock said Brock double teaming Thompson was key.
“Nichols was averaging 37.5 percent from three-point range,” Matlock said. “She’s probably up near 40 percent now which is huge for us.”
Matlock said Brock is normally a good shooting team but converted just 32 percent from the field (16-50) against the Tigerettes (5-1 and 14-11). Jacksboro converted 48 percent from the floor (14-29) and included the squad going 1-5 in the fourth quarter.
A Morgyn Green basket with 4:09 to go extended the lead to eight and was the lone bucket of the fourth but Jacksboro was 12-16 from the free throw line to keep Brock at bay. The Lady Eagles got within four with 1:13 left but free throws from Nichols and Thompson were enough to help keep Jacksboro in second place.
The up and down lead for the Tigerettes was something that happened throughout the contest. Nichols’ three-pointer from outside gave Jacksboro an 8-4 lead late in the first but the visitors scored twice in the final minute to knot the game at eight.
Jacksboro came right back to take a lead, using a Thompson banker and Nichols’ second three-pointer to go up five barely a minute into the second. The Tigerette defense held Brock without a point for nearly four minutes of the second.
Nichols continued to be a hot shooter for the hostesses from both in and outside to take an eight-point lead. Jacksboro briefly had a 10-point lead before Brock cut the lead back to five late in the half. A Plaster bucket and free throw extended the lead to eight late in the half.
Brock got help from better offensive rebounding in the second half, hauling down 11 boards on the offensive glass which led to some easy buckets. Still, the Lady Eagles could not get within two points as Jacksboro had baskets from Thompson and Plaster as the lead went to nine late in the third.
Brock, which had a big first half offensively from junior Torrye Tucker off the bench, got some offensive help from starter Kasaundra Boxell but it wouldn’t prove to be enough. Boxell had 16 points in the final two quarters while Tucker had 12 for the game.
Nichols tossed in 21 with Plaster adding 12. Thompson had nine points and nine rebounds with another six rebounds coming down low from sophomore Hadlee Richardson.
The Tigerettes begin a two-game road swing Friday in Boyd.
Brock boys 86, Jacksboro 26
The Tigers scored half their points in the first quarter and then let cold shooting get in their way.
Scott Boxell had nine Brock points in the first minute and change as the Eagles (4-0 and 18-5) took control. Jacksboro (2-2 and 3-12) got within four and points by Wheelis Green and Ke’Ondrae Sadler brought the hosts within four midquarter as part of a 4-6 shooting frame.
Kyler Kenvin had the other bucket for Jacksboro but Brock came back and used pressing defense to get a double-digit lead at 24-13 after one frame. After making four baskets in the first, the Purple struggled to make five in the final three frames, Sadler (two), Green and sophomores Landon Davenport and Rylan Chalmers had the other baskets. Green, Sadler and Ty Rodgers also combined to make eight free throws as well.
Green had 10 and Sadler eight for Jacksboro. Boxell had 34 points to lead the visitors.
Jacksboro travels to Boyd Friday.