Lady Lions move into second with clutch win

Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 23:58 - Written by HAROLD WILSON





After taking down the district’s top team, the John Tyler Lady Lions continued making statements.

JT dominated the fourth period and pulled into a tie for second place in District 16-4A with a clutch 56-50 win over Nacogdoches on Tuesday at the Lions Den.

Quaneshia Johnson netted 16 points, Amia Wickware totaled nine points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots and Tiaka Lee added 11 points and three assists for the Lady Lions, who notched their 20th victory.

JT avenged a 14-point loss in the first meeting with Nacogdoches, and captured its fourth straight win. Both teams stand at 5-3 in district play with two regular season games still on the docket. Should the teams finish tied, JT gets the nod for now based on a tiebreaker.

JT (20-11) took down No. 18 Lindale last Friday before beating Nacogdoches with a valiant finish, holding the visitors scoreless the final five-minutes plus.

“I think the kids realized how important a game it was,” JT coach Mike Smith said. “We made some mistakes early in the game that we didn’t make in the fourth quarter that gave us a shot. We made some shots down the stretch that made a difference in us winning and losing. I thought their character and determination came there in the end.”

The Lady Lions trailed after each of the first three periods before long-distance shooting and tight defense down the stretch bailed them out. JT sunk seven treys on the night, led by Johnson’s four.

JT scored eight straight early in the fourth to take the lead after a pair of free throws from Donishia Rouege, and consecutive 3-pointers from Wickware and Johnson to take a 48-47 lead.

Nacogdoches (20-11) regained the lead at 50-49 with 5:05 left on a drive by Justice Lockett, who posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Nacogdoches never put the ball through the hoop again as JT tallied the final seven points of the game.

Ashtyn Beal’s two free throws gave JT the lead for good. Lee and Johnson split two free throws for a three-point advantage. Moments later, Lee located Jones inside after splitting a press for a five-point lead.

JT slowed Nacogdoches down, holding the Lady Dragons to four fastbreak points after giving up 16 in transition to the same team earlier in the month.

“This group has come through at the right time,” Smith said. “After big wins at Jacksonville, at home against Lindale and Nacogdoches, we have two more games to get ready for. You can’t rest any nights. But I’m proud of the effort we’re seeing on a consistent basis from night-to-night.”


Varsity Girls

John Tyler 56, Nacogdoches 50

Nacogdoches 13 15 16 6 — 50

John Tyler         12 12 16 16 — 56

NACOGDOCHES — E.J. Johnson, 11; Christy Whitaker, 3; Kiadra Hayter, 3; Charity Page, 11; Justice Lockett, 22. FG 18-48 FT 11-16.

JOHN TYLER — Ashtyn Beal, 9; Tiaka Lee, 11; Tameal Jones, 5; Quaneshia Johnson, 16; Amia Wickware, 9; Donishia Rouege, 4; Kayla Webb, 2. FG 20-51 FT 9-20.

Three-Point Goals — Nacogdoches 3-15 (Johnson, Whitaker, Lockett), John Tyler 7-20 (Johnson 4, Beal, Lee, Wickware). Fouled Out — Hayter, Wickware. Rebounds — Nacogdoches 41 (Page 15), John Tyler 42 (Wickware 16). Assists — Nacogdoches 7 (Whitaker, Hayter 3), John Tyler 12 (Lee, Jones, Johnson 3). T otal Fouls - Nacogdoches 16, John Tyler 12.

RECORDS — Nacogdoches 20-11 (5-3); John Tyler 20-11 (5-3).

NEXT UP — John Tyler at Whitehouse, Friday.


Junior Varsity Girls

John Tyler 45, Nacogdoches 14

Nacogdoches 1 3 4     6 — 14

John Tyler         8 8 14 15 — 45

NACOGDOCHES — Dunn, 2; Lawnis, 6; Paro, 2; Beard, 3; Woodson, 1.

JOHN TYLER — Tyvasia Smith, 2; Charde Young, 2; Tajnae Thomas, 6; ; Rammociyae Duncan, 3; Kaleigh Hackett, 2; Jermonique Ward,2; Jaliah Evans, 4; Tarhonda Green, 1; Kiara Freeman, 1; C. Jackson, 2; Shakendra Tilley, 10; Dajae Webb, 6; Kayla Nelson, 4.

RECORDS — John Tyler 24-3 (7-1).

NEXT UP — John Tyler at Whitehouse, Friday.