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JACKSONVILLE GIRLS 3s are Angels for Devils in beating Christian

<p>Tiffany Smith erased Jacksonville&amp;#8217;s deficit with multiple three-pointers in the fourth quarter against Little Rock Christian.</p><p>Chad Matchett</p>Buy Photo

Tiffany Smith erased Jacksonville&#8217;s deficit with multiple three-pointers in the fourth quarter against Little Rock Christian.

Chad Matchett

Jacksonville Lady Red Devil coach Katrina Mimms has been wondering how her team would respond in a close game. She was able to find out Friday night when the Lady Devils had to come from behind in the fourth quarter for a 64-57 win over the Little Rock Christian Lady Warriors.

The Lady Devils trailed at halftime the first meeting between the conference foes, but came back to win easily in the second half. This time, the Lady Warriors never made it easy for the Lady Devils, knocking down 10 three-pointers in the game.

That forced Jacksonville to answer with some hot shooting. Down 48-45 in the fourth, Tiffany Smith drained a three-pointer to tie the game. Two possessions later, another Smith three would give the Devils a 55-52 lead.

The tenth three of the night by the Lady Warriors tied the game, but Smith answered right back with her third three of the quarter to put Jacksonville ahead 58-55 with 1:36 left to play.

Jacksonville made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to help hold the lead and keep the Lady Devils undefeated in conference action.

“Tiffany is like that, when she gets in a zone like that she just doesn’t miss,” Mimms said. “Christian was collapsing two or three girls down on Jessica in the post, and that left Tiffany open.”

Smith led Jacksonville with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Jessica Jackson was next with 15 points, but was held without a field goal in the fourth.

Against the North Pulaski Lady Falcons on Tuesday, the Lady Devils didn’t take anything for granted, racing out to a 51-14 halftime lead and a 77-24 win. Jackson scored 21 points in just over two quarters of work for the Red Devils.

Markela Bryles scored 12 for Jacksonville, while Shakyla Hill added 10 points.

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