Jacksonville girls upset no. 17 Madisonville to move to 5-0 in district

Jan. 20—Jacksonville moved into sole possession of first place in the District 16-4A standings after outlasting Madisonville, 57-52, Friday evening in Jacksonville.

Tia Fuller and Kiah Cox combined to score 39 points for the Fightin' Maidens (22-8, 5-0); with Fuller leading the way with 22 points, nine of which came in the third quarter.

Madisonville (21-5, 4-1), the defending district champion, came into the fray ranked No. 17 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A poll.

Jacksonville trailed 22-21 at halftime, but came out strong in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Mustangs, 19-13, in the segment, to move in front 40-35 going into the fourth period.

"We told the girls at halftime that who ever wants (the game) the most will be the team to win," Jacksonville head girl's basketball coach Sharae Schmitt said. "We were the home team and we felt the sense of urgency to get the job done. You never want to lose at home."

Jacksonville made a gigantic move early in the final period when the Maidens drained three-straight triples in a span of 1:33 to move in front, 50-36, with 5:06 left in regulation.

Trunijah Butler sank the first and the last of the aforementioned treys and Cox connected from downtown in between Butler's bombs.

Butler finished with eight points and was the defensive standout for the Maidens.

"Coming in, we were focused on stopping (Madisonville's Ke'Myroul Wheaton)," Schmitt said. "We put our best defender, Trunijah Butler, on her and she held her to six points. That was big."

After trailed by as many as 14 points in the final quarter, Madisonville kept battling and trimmed the Jacksonville lead to 56-52 wit 38 ticks left to play.

Fuller completed a double-double by coming down with 12 rebounds and Cox had nine.

Reserve Katie Alexander, who received significant minutes after starter Que Que Robertson picked up her third foul with just over four minutes left in the first half, snagged nine caroms for the Maidens.

Olyvia Brooks of Madisonville sparked her squad by scoring 17 points and amassing 15 rebounds.

Jacksonville will open the second half of conference play at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday by visiting Hudson.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Madisonville 39, Jacksonville 19.