Franklin's double-double propels Maidens to 46-35 triumph over Ladycats

Feb. 3—On Senior Night in Jacksonville, Maiden sophomore Tia Fuller logged a double-double to help give Jacksonville a 46-35 victory over visiting Palestine.

Fuller pumped in 17 points and hauled in 16 boards as Jacksonville (26-8, 9-0) remained in first place in the District 18-4A standings, with one regular season game left to be played (6:15 p.m., Tuesday at Madisonville).

Jacksonville led 24-14 at the break, but the Ladycats (9-22, 3-6) refused to go away quietly in the night and proved to be rather pesky.

The second half was played on even terms, with the Maidens outscoring the Ladycats, 22-21.

Marquicia Robertson tossed in nine points for Jacksonville while Kiah Cox had six. Each also came up with five rebounds.

The Ladycats got in early foul trouble with Jayanna Johnson collecting her fourth foul with :15 left in the first half and Mokijia Day getting whistled for her third infraction early in the second quarter. Both Johnson and Day were Ladycat starters.

Johnson led the Ladycats in scoring with 12 points, followed by Sydney Hughes with 10.

Brianna Price amassed a team-high nine rebounds for the Ladycats.

In a Senior Night ceremony that took place moments following the conclusion of the girl's game, Lanajah Ticey (manager), Katie Alexander and Maddie Bush were recognized for their contributions to the Fightin' Maiden basketball program.