By Charlie Chitwood
HARLETON, Texas – If there had been any doubt about what can happen in basketball on any given night, Jefferson’s Lady Bulldogs found out the hard way on Tuesday, dropping a 55-49 decision at Harleton. The loss forged a second-place tie between the Lady Bulldogs and LadyWildcats at 8-2 in District 16-3A competition – both teams now trail district frontrunner Elysian Fields (10-0) with four games to play. Jefferson’s full-season mark dropped to 18-8 with the loss.
The Lady Bulldogs appeared to hold serve at their nearby rival and entered the final quarter with a 42-38 advantage. The LadyWildcats, however, went on a balanced fourth-frame run that turned the tide. Harleton may have had some lucky rabbits’ feet as well – Jefferson’s girls missed nine of 10 free throws in the decisive fourth.
Jefferson was down 13-9 at the end of the first quarter before finding the net with regularity in the second. The Lady Bulldogs went on a 21-10 run in the second and entered the third quarter leading 30-23 before the Lady ‘Cats clawed back with a 16-12 advantage in the third and the decisive 17-7 advantage in the fourth.
Deivya Hodge led Jefferson’s effort with 13 points, including
a game-best three threepointers. Jamya Smith added…
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