Tigerettes use big 2nd half to beat Paradise
Tough losses can bring out the best in people. Sometimes, it just takes a while to bring that to the surface.
After a double-digit road loss in Peaster Tuesday night, Jacksboro showed some of the after-effects during the first half of Friday’s game vs. Paradise. Fortunately, the Tigerettes began to show some signs of life in the second half en route to a 46-27 win over the game but outmanned Lady Panthers.
Jacksboro goes to 3-1 and 13-6 with the victory.
Jacksboro got off to a quick start, however with buckets by Jordan Nichols and Leah Plaster staking the hostesses to a 6-0 lead 1:10 into the fray, using offensive rebounds to keep Paradise from doing damage. A Nichols three-pointer gave the Purple a 14-6 lead late in the first but Paradise had the final two buckets to draw within 14-11 after one.
Paradise’s Kacie Martin was a thorn in the Jacksboro’s paw throughout the first half, scoring nine of her 11 points in the first half. A pair of Martin hoops and free throw would put Paradise up 18-16 less than three minutes into the second quarter.
Jacksboro helped Paradise get ahead with a horrible 3-13 shooting frame. Buckets by Nichols and Baylee Thompson to close the half would give the Tigerettes a 20-18 lead at the half.
The Purple looked to get out of its offensive funk in the third. Thompson went inside hard and got fouled. Her free throw and a bucket and a Nichols three-pointer, along with buckets from plaster and Morgyn Green gave Jacksboro its largest lead again at eight late in the third.
Paradise, which hit 50 percent of its first-half shots on 8-16 shooting, missed its five shots from the floor as part of a 2-12 shooting frame which kept the Lady Panthers down 30-22 after three.
Taking advantage of continued cold shooting by the visitors, Jacksboro put the lead into double figures for the first time. Green’s three-pointer and a bucket from reserve Brynn Pardue extended the lead to 35-24 with barely two minutes gone.
Thompson had a pair of buckets and four free throws in the frame, continuing to go hard to the basket, as Jacksboro closed on an 11-3 skein. Paradise would hit one of its last seven shots in the fourth to snuff out its comeback chances.
Thompson had 18 points and Nichols 13 for the victors. Jacksboro returns to action Thursday at 2:30 p.m. vs. Levelland in the Whataburger Tournament at Saginaw High.