The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils will go into Christmas break with a 6-4 record following a big 56-48 win over Little Rock Parkview.
Parkview won the Class 6A championship last year and have been one of the top programs in the state for years.
“That was really the most complete game we’ve played this season,” said Jacksonville coach Katrina Mimms. “Offense, defense and doing it for four solid quarters. We had some turnovers down the stretch when they came back a little bit, but you have to expect that against a team like Parkview. That’s a big win for us.”
Jessica Jackson led the Lady Devils with 24 points, while Marketa Bryles added 10 points. Tiffany Smith scored eight points in the win.
The Lady Devils will be off until after Christmas when they play in a holiday tournament in Springfield, Mo. Little Rock Hall will be the only other Arkansas team represented in the tournament.
“We’re still working hard and trying to improve,” Mimms said. “We’re constantly trying to teach things to the girls to have them prepared for anything we might see.”
Jacksonville has already learned plenty in the non-conference schedule so far. While 6-4 may not seem like a great record for one of the state’s better teams, the losses have come to Class 7A powers North Little Rock, Little Rock Hall and Fort Smith Northside. A loss to Central Arkansas Christian went to overtime with the Lady Devils missing Bryles for the game.
Meanwhile, besides the win over Parkview, Jacksonville also has a win over defending Class 7A champ Cabot. Class 7A Mount St. Mary and Little Rock Central have also fallen to the Lady Devils.
“We’ve been up big, we’ve been down and fought back, we’ve really been in almost every situation you can be in already,” Mimms said. “And that’s really what you want in that preseason, non-conference schedule. We’ve seen out problems and can try to correct them before the conference season starts.”