The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils have picked up a pair of wins over Little Rock McClellan and Helena-West Helena Central in the last week, but there has been a bump or two along the way.
Jacksonville was outscored in the third quarter against the Lady Lions Friday night. Little Rock McClellan scored inside, outside and from the free throw line while Jacksonville was a little off.
The Lady Red Devils still led 39-30 going into the fourth quarter, but the Lady Lions had the momentum and were poised to make a run at the huge upset.
That’s when Jacksonville blew the doors off the place with a 20-2 fourth quarter that turned a relatively close game into another blowout.
"We just didn’t come out real focused in the third quarter, or really the first three quarters," said Jacksonville coach Katrina Mimms. "They turned it on in the fourth quarter, but I don’t really like waiting around to stop playing sloppy."
Jessica Jackson led the Lady Devils with 21 points. Shakyla Hill and Markela Bryles each scored 10 points in the win.
There was no problem with sloppy play Tuesday night against Helena-West Helena Central in an 82-27 win for the Lady Red Devils.
The Lady Devils led 49-13 at halftime over the Lady Cougars.
Jackson led Jacksonville again, this time with 22 points. Bryles was next with 13 points for the Lady Devils, followed by 12 from Tiffany Smith.
That win improved Jacksonville to 19-4 overall and 12-0 in conference action.
Friday night features a game that could possibly give the Lady Devils some problems.
The Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins come to Jacksonville and play the kind of zone defense that can slow down an offense. The Lady Bruins lost 63-33 the first time the two met, but have played close games against good teams this season and are 8-3 in the conference.