The rise and the demise?
While the John Tyler girls shot up the District 16-4A standings the previous two games, the John Tyler boys slipped a couple notches from their familiar first-place perch.
The result: both the Lions (2-2 in 16-4A) and Lady Lions (3-3 in 16-4A) enter a doubleheader tonight against Lindale at the .500 mark in district and third in the six-team races.
The Lady Lions used a 50-45 win over Jacksonville on Monday, coupled by a loss by Whitehouse (2-4) to Nacogdoches (4-2) to move into sole possession of third place. Quaneshia Johnson netted 25 points to lead the Lady Lions past the Maidens.
The Lady Lions look to avenge an earlier loss to Lindale, 71-68 in the district opener. Lindale, ranked No. 14 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, moved to 6-0 in district play with a 60-54 win over Corsicana on Tuesday. Zhanelle Geathers led Lindale with 20 points and Natasha Malone added 14 points for the Lady Eagles.
The first JT-Lindale girls’ meeting went down to the wire, with the Lady Lions nearly erasing a 15-point deficit with 3:40 left. Tiaka Lee missed a 40-footer at the buzzer to try for the tie. Amia Wickware, a 5-9 sophomore forward, topped JT with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Geathers (20 points, four steals) and Malone (13 points, 14 rebounds), a pair of 6-2 junior posts, proved double trouble for the Lady Eagles in the first meeting.
The Lions lost a thriller, 50-49, Tuesday at No. 12 Jacksonville. The Lions led by 13 points in the third period before the Indians rallied back to prevent JT from creating a three-way tie for first with Whitehouse.
The loss followed a 60-46 setback to Corsicana the previous game. JT dropped only two of 28 district games the previous two seasons.
The Lions have been struggling from outside, going 0 for 27 on 3-point attempts against Corsicana and Jacksonville.
Lindale, who competed the previous two years in Class 3A, pushed Corsicana to the limit in a 49-40 loss on Tuesday. Corsicana pulled away in the fourth period, outscoring Lindale 17-10. Mason Terry topped Lindale with 15 points.