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Trunijah Butler sparks Maidens to 53-47 win over Lady Panthers

Jan. 31—BULLARD — Jacksonville kept its District 18-4A record unblemished by rallying in the second half to turn back Bullard, 53-47, at Panther Gymnasium Tuesday.

Trunijah Butler is known more for her defensive skills, but in the Maidens' latest outing Butler proved that she is plenty talented offensively as well.

Butler scored a team-high 18 points, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. She also hauled in seven rebounds.

Trailing 47-40, Butler kick started a 13-1 Maiden run over the final 3:13 of regulation that gave Jacksonville (25-8, 8-0) the decision over the Lady Panthers (20-10, 4-3). Butler scored eight points during the run.

Bullard led by 10, 29-19, to open the second half.

The Maidens closed the third period on a 12-2 run to move ahead of the home team 36-33 going into the fourth frame.

Jacksonville played its best basketball over the final 16:00 and outscored the Lady Panthers 34-18 in the second half.

Tia Fuller chipped in 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds and Kiah Cox knocked in 10 points and accounted for five rebounds for the Maidens.

Carly Tucker led Bullard with 19 points, which included three baskets from beyond the arc, while Jayden Welch chipped in 12 points to compliment her eight boards.

Both teams will be at home Friday with Jacksonville hosting Palestine and the Lady Panthers welcoming Madisonville to Panther Gymnasium. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 6:15 p.m.