Lady Lions top Corsicana

Published on Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:37 - Written by Harold Wilson

CORSICANA — John Tyler rebounded from two sub-par performances, using 25 combined points from Quaneshia Johnson and Ashtyn Beal and 25 offensive boards to grab a 51-41 win over Corsicana.

Johnson netted 13 points and pulled down seven caroms, and Beal bucketed 12 points to go with six rebounds and two blocks as the Lady Lions snapped a two-game losing skid in the final game of the first round of District 16-4A girls’ basketball action.

The Lady Lions (16-11, 2-3) remained in playoff position with the win after entering in a three-way tie for fourth place. Instead of losing and falling out of playoff position for the moment, JT moved into a three-way tie for third after Whitehouse (2-3) fell to first-place Lindale (5-0) and Jacksonville (2-3) upset Nacogdoches (3-2).

Corsicana (1-4) slipped into last with the setback.

“It was a must-win,” JT coach Mike Smith said. “We’re going to have to do that every single night. The district is so even. Anything can happen on any night with any team.”

JT cleaned up on the glass early and often, leading 12-7 after the first period. All 12 JT points came on second-chance opportunities. JT outscored Corsicana 20-4 on second-chance points on the night.

Corsicana calmed down to go ahead 27-23 early in the third after a 9-0 run. The Lady Tigers took a 31-29 lead after a layup from Destini Lunsford before going scoreless nearly four minutes. JT evened it twice before taking the lead for good on Johnson’s steal and layup for a 33-31 cushion with 2:30 remaining. Beal followed with one of her three treys, highlighting a game-changing 11-0 run ending with the Lady Lions ahead 40-31.

The Lady Lions offset a tough night from the field (29 percent) with tight defense of their own. The Lady Tigers shot 31 percent for the game. JT shot twice as many foul shots as the home team, finishing plus-eight on made free throws (14-6).

Tiaka Lee and Amia Wickware contributed eight points for JT. Wickware topped JT with 12 boards, one of six players with at least a half-dozen rebounds. Nola Jackson and Kayla Webb both registered four points and six rebounds for the Lady Lions.

“They did a great job blocking out and controlling the boards,” Smith said. “They came out to win the game.”

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John Tyler 51, Corsicana 41

John Tyler 12 11 13 15 - 51

Corsicana 7 14 10 10 - 41

JOHN TYLER - Ashtyn Beal, 12; Tiaka Lee, 8; Tameal Jones, 2; Quaneshia Johnson, 3; Amia Wickware, 8; Nola Jackson, 4; Kayla Webb, 4. FG 17-58 FT 14-22.

CORSICANA-Shamara Taylor, 6; Destini Lunsford, 13; Tamera White, 2; Calae Wilson, 7; Erica Melendez, 2; Briana Blitz, 2; Galinda Davis, 2. Team, 7. FG 17-55 FT 6-10.

Three-point goals - JT: 3-15 (Beal 3); C: 1-10 (Wilson). Rebounds - JT: 51; Corsicana 36. Assists - JT: 6 (Lee, Johnson 2); C: 4 (Taylor 2). Turnovers - JT: 25; C: 18. Total Fouls - JT: 15; C: 18.

RECORDS - John Tyler 17-11 (2-3); Corsicana 15-13 (1-4).

NEXT UP - John Tyler at Jacksonville, 7:15 p.m. Monday.