Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 31, 2014

GC Basketball: Corsicana boys hold on to win a thriller, girls lose on shot at the buzzer to Jacksonville


Corsicana —

Jacksonville 39, Corsicana Lady Tigers 37.

DaMonica Franklin hit a 10-footer at the buzzer to lift Jacksonville to a dramatic comeback win over Corsicana, which fell to 6-3 in the District 16-4A race and lost the chance to win the title.

The Lady Tigers are now two games behind Tyler with one game left — Tuesday at home against Tyler. It was a heartbreaking loss because of the ramifications it left on the district race and because Corsican seemed to have the game in hand.

The Lady Tigers swapped leads with Jacksonville (4-5) early but after falling behind 19-18 Corsicana finished the half with a 7-0 run, and opened the second half with a 4-0 run and built a 30-19 lead on Alexis Baston’s 3-pointer. But  Jacksonville put together a 10-0 run by dominating the offensive boards. The Lady Indians scored eight points on putbacks and the other two on an inside shot to close to 32-29 before Ariel Bartee hit a drive to end the third that gave Corsicana a 34-29 edge.

But the Lady Tigers made only one basket in the fourth quarter — a 3-pointer by Kennady Betts, whose shot with 5:04 left in the game ended Corsicana’s scoring for the night.

The Lady Indians stormed back and knotted the score at 37-37 with 1:30 left. Corsicana tried to wind the clock down and played for one shot, which never came. An inside pass to Betts  with 9.7 seconds left sailed high and out of bounds, giving Jacksonville one last chance, and Franklin, who finished with just eight points made the most of it.

Jacksonville was led by Jasmine Parsons, who scored 15 points. The Lady tigers were led by sophomore Destini Lunsford, who scored all of her 11 points in the first half, and Betts, who finished with 10. Bartee (7), Baston (4), Sha Sha Taylor (2) and Erica Melendez (2) also scored for Corsicana, which is no 20-6 for the season.


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