The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils made a furious comeback against Pulaski Academy Friday night in the Devil’s Den to take a 56-52 win from the Lady Bruins.
Jacksonville trailed 16-2 after the first quarter when their shooters had trouble finding the basket. Those shots began to fall in the second quarter as the Lady Devils outscored the Lady Bruins 17-13 and go into halftime trailing 29-19 against the larger team.
Jacksonville was able to cut further into that lead in the third quarter, then finally take the lead with just under five minutes left to play in the game.
Tiffany Smith led Jacksonville with 20 points, all coming in the second half after being cold through the first two quarters. Smith’s three pointer in the fourth quarter not only gave her Red Devils their first lead, but the lead for good.
Keke Alcorn scored 14 points for Jacksonville, while Markela Bryles added 13 points working inside.
Shooting better wouldn’t have helped the Lady Devils as much if not for also playing strong defense. The Lady Red Devils constantly pushed the pace, eventually wearing down and forcing turnovers by the Lady Bruins. Pulaski Academy’s final three possessions all ended in steals by Jacksonville.
Jacksonville didn’t have to try nearly as hard Tuesday night against Sylvan Hills in a mercy rule win.
The Lady Red Devils will take a 10-8 overall record and a sparkling 6-1 conference record into their Homecoming matchup with the Mills Lady Comets on Friday.