Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 16, 2013

CHS Girls Hoops: Lady Tigers break through in 16-4A, beat Jacksonville 39-35

Corsicana moves into a 3-way tie for fourth place

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Lady Tigers desperately needed to get their offense going in the second half of Tuesday night’s game against Jacksonville. That’s if they wanted to play their way back into the District 16-4A playoff race.

Corsicana got that scoring from the players that needed to get their offense going.

Calae Wilson scored 14 points and Erica Melendez had eight points as the Lady Tigers revved up their offense in the second half and topped Jacksonville 39-35 at Tiger Gym.

Wilson, who runs Corsicana’s offense, doubled her scoring from Friday’s loss in Whitehouse. Wilson scored nine points in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers extended a 14-13 halftime lead to 29-22 headed to the final period.

Melendez, the Lady Tigers’ best inside-outside player, snapped out of a shooting slump with two crucial baskets in the second half.

Corsicana built its lead to eight points in the second half and still had to hang on as Jacksonville rallied in the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville’s Chancii Scott, who had a game-high 19 points, scored to make it 34-33 with less than two minutes left. Lady Tigers guard Shamara Taylor responded, sinking two free throws with 50 seconds left for a 36-33 lead.

Tamera White, Wilson and Taylor all made free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

The Lady Tigers moved into a three-way tie with Jacksonville and Tyler John Tyler for the final playoff spot in 16-4A. They play one John Tyler at home Friday night to close out the first half of the 16-4A schedule.

Corsicana 39, Jacksonville 35

Jacksonville  8    5   9   13 — 35

Corsicana   8    6   15   10 — 39

Jacksonville — Jasmine Parson 7, Chancii Scott 19, Sametria Baker 6, Damonica Franklin 1, Inchantra Kendrick 2.

Corsicana — Shamara Taylor 3, Destini Lunsford 1, Galinda Davis 6, Tamera White 5, Calae Wilson 14, Ariel Bartee 2, Erica Melendez 8.                                                                

Records — Jacksonville 14-13, 1-3 in 16-4A; Corsicana 15-12, 1-3.

District 16-4A Standings

                    District    Overall

Lindale              4-0    19-4

Nacogdoches    3-1    17-9

Whitehouse       2-2    12-8

John Tyler         1-3    16-11

Jacksonville      1-3    14-13

Corsicana         1-3    15-12

Tuesday’s Results

Corsicana 39, Jacksonville 35

Lindale 64, Nacogdoches 60

Whitehouse 52, John Tyler 45

Friday’s Games

John Tyler at Corsicana, 6:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at Nacogdoches, 6:30 p.m.

Lindale at Whitehouse, 6:30 p.m.